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The Biggest Selling Point of iPhone 6, Or Not

Finally, iPhone 6 is coming on September 19 ( or not? ). And everybody is excited. Maybe just me and all the Apple die hard fans.

Tim Cook and and the rest of the gang are actually more anxious. We heard Senior VP Eddy Cue said “ Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen at Apple in my 25 years at Apple.” Seriously? Yes, seriously and iPhone 6 is one of them.


Artist's impression of the new size of iPhone 6 in comparison with earlier versions.

Artist’s impression of the new size of iPhone 6 in comparison with earlier versions.

Unemployed Couple Sells Baby To Buy iPhone

An unemployed couple from Shanghai, China sold their 3rd child for 50, 000 yuan ( US$8, 205 ) and thereafter bought iPhones, luxury shoes and other expensive items.

News agency China Daily reported  the couple identified by their surnames, Zhang and Teng are facing prosecution for human trafficking after successfully selling their baby girl through online site Baidu Post Bar.

Apple’s iPhone 5S And 5C Hit 9 Million Mark

Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C hit 9 million mark in just three days after launch. It has again beat the odds and overwhelmingly exceeded analysts’ expectation. This is a record breaking sales, much higher than 5 million sales of predecessor iPhone 5 last September 2012.

In a press release  today , Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales. The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”

How To Identify Which Model Of iPhone or iPad You Have When Updating To iOS 7

This is not actually required when you are updating on the device itself because it will download the appropriate version for you but some prefer to update via iTunes or manually. This information becomes useful due to Apple having devices that are identical physically where even the model is difficult to find.

So how do we identify which model of iPhone or iPad do we have?

Please note that the model number can be found at the lower back cover of the device!

64-bit Smartphones: What it means to the Users?

Apple boasted the new iPhone 5S with its 64-bit A7 chip operating system during their much awaited event last week. For most of the consumers, this might sound new or totally strange to them. So, what does this new number mean to the users? Does it really matter? Or is it  just a hype perpetrated by Apple to instill excitement in the consumers mindset.

In the personal computing world, the term 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the type of central processing unit, operating system, driver, software program, etc. that utilizes that particular architecture.

Plastic iPhone 5C Now Open For Pre-order In US And 10 Countries

Apple’s new plastic iPhone 5C is now available for pre-order in the United States and 10 Countries. These countries are: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. No announcement has been made yet when the High end version iPhone 5S will be available for pre-order. There could be some supply issues but I think it’s just Apple’s marketing strategy to push its low end iPhone 5C.

The announcement of a cheap iPhone  fell flat of expectations. Analysts think that Apple did not really change its pricing  in a significant way.  With a 2 year contract, it costs $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. Without a contract, the hefty prices are $549 and $649 respectively.

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Apple’s Budget iPhone 5C

The “C” in Apple’s Budget iPhone 5C is perceived as Cheap or Color. The new low end iPhone  is reportedly cheaper by $200-300 and will have polycarbonate casing in 5 different colors. This is seen as the firm’s response to consumer’s demand for affordable yet capable smartphones.

Michael Morgan, analyst at ABI Research says  that “the days of great growth in the high end of the market are gone.” That is why Apple has made efforts to venture into emerging markets  .CEO Tim Cook, reportedly, went to China twice to strike a tie-up deal with China Mobile, world’s largest telco operator with 740 million subscribers. If the agreement goes through, Apple could achieve tremendous growth in China which, currently, has only 4.8% market share. In comparison, rival Samsung  enjoys 17.6%.

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Gold-Colored iPhone 5S Variant

Who wants a gold-colored iPhone 5S variant? I do. It looks classy. Besides, you will agree, we already have enough of just black and white versions. French website, Macboutic  released this rumored gold color version of the upcoming iPhone.

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Notorious analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who has an accurate track record, predicted the next iPhone will have champagne color version. He further added that  the Apple flagship gadget will have:

  1. 128 GB memory which is currently available only in iPad 4,
  2. A7, 64 bit processor that wil improve speed and efficiency by 20%
  3. Sapphire home button with fingerprint sensor
  4. Main Camera, 8 MP, f 2.0  aperture with dual flash lights

Apple To Launch 2 Variants, iPhone 5S and a Budget iPhone

Apple is cooking up to launch two new iPhone variants : iPhone 5S  and the rumored low-cost iPhone, possibly named the iPhone “5C”. This rumor is slated to be announced on September 10, 2013, just 6 days after Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled or barely 1 month after the Steve Jobs movie would be released in theaters.

We reported previously that fingeprint sensor is expected to be a major selling point for new iPhone device. In addition, the iPhone 5S is said to come with an A7 quad-core chip, Near Field Communication, a 13MP rear camera, up to 128 GB of internal storage and a longer battery life.

iPhone 5S Delays Release Due to Screen Size And Fingerprint Sensor Issues

Separate reports from two Taiwan news agency have been circulating citing two issues that could delay release of iPhone 5S to end of this year.First, Bloomberg quoted Commercial Times that Apple is  increasing the size of the device’s display from the current 4 inches to 4.3 inches. Second, DigiTimes reported issues involving poor yields of fingerprint sensor chips and LCD driver integrated circuits may contribute to the problem.

Some sources, however, said the claim is unlikely to be true, as Apple has finalized the design and will reportedly start mass production later this month.In addition,  Apple suppliers denied the reports of hardware-specification changes and confirms the product will be launched on schedule.