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Check Out These New iOS 7 Concept Videos

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Concept designer Mohamed Kerroudj has created a render of what he thinks iOS 7 should look like. His concept redesigns the Lockscreen adding more features and uses than previous generation firmwares. The added features replace the current Camera Grabber on the iOS Lockscreen and add things like Calendar, Settings toggles, and Notification Center alerts.

Kerroudj has also redesigned part of the music player, which he shows in the videos of the new iOS 7 concept. Take a look at the videos below and let us know what you think in the comments. [Read more...]

iPhone 5S Q3 Release Date, Components Shipping in May

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Digitimes reports that components for the upcoming next generation iPhone 5S will start shipping in May. While we’ve heard many reports that the iPhone 5S could launch as soon as June or August, this report claims that the device will aim for a Q3 launch.

The new iPhone will not receive a major upgrade and may just be a slightly enhanced version of iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S), the sources said citing their latest specification data. Meanwhile, there are also rumors stating that Apple also plans to release an iPhone model using plastic chassis to push its global smartphone market share, the sources added.

Digitimes source say that the device will be a minor upgrade with no plans of a redesign. The iPhone 5S will mainly focus on a more powerful processor along with an improved camera sporting more megapixels. Manufacturers of the iPhone 5S should be able to ship assembled devices to Apple retailers 1-2 weeks later, source claim.

iPhone 6 Concept Gallery and Promo Video

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Arthur Reis has created a beautiful concept of the iPhone 6. This concept includes a slimmer device than the iPhone 5 along with a few extra features. The iPhone 6 concept shows a devices with a better iSight Camera, LED Flash, as well as a trackpad Home Button.

Ever since the iPhone 4S, there have been rumors of Apple taking away the Home Button to add a capacitive touchpad instead. This would eliminate the need of a physical button and would hopefully make the iPhone 6 design more sleek and clean. [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 Final Build to the Public, Breaks the Evasi0n Jailbreak

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Apple has just released the final build of the iOS 6.1.3 update. iOS 6.1.3 brings improvements to Apple Maps is Japan, as well as fixing the infamous Passcode Lock bug.

This update has become available nearly a month since the Passcode Lock bug went viral. For a whole month, iPhone owners have been vulnerable unwanted users being able to gain access to locked devices.

While the Passcode Lock bug is an important fix, iOS 6.1.3 also blocks the Evasi0n Jailbreak. Because of this, iOS 6.1.2 is the most recent firmware able to be Jailbroken Untethered. Updating to iOS 6.1.3 will cause a loss of the Evasi0n Untethered Jailbreak.

iPhone 5S to Include NFC and Fingerprint Sensor

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China Times reports Apple has chosen Taiwanese chip firm, Chipbond, to manufacture several components for the upcoming iPhone 5S. Chipbond will allegedly provide the touch display driver, as well as components for the fingerprint sensor and NFC.

Before the iPhone 5 was unveiled, many rumors claimed that the phone would have NFC capabilities, however those rumors were obviously false. This report states that the iPhone 5S will use the fingerprint sensor to enhance security of the NFC functionality.  [Read more...]

Google Updates Google Maps to Version 1.1 with New Features

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Google has updated the Maps app for iPhone and iPod Touch to version 1.1. The company launched the native Google Maps application back in December, where in the first two days it achieved ten million downloads. Unfortunately, this update does not include a universal version to use on the iPad, but we do know the iPad version of Google Maps is in the works.

Google Maps 1.1 includes several new features including the ability to search your Google Contacts for saved addresses. The new update also adds the ability to local places by category such as bars, cafés,restaurants,and gas stations, a feature that was missing before. Finally, version 1.1 allows users to switch between miles and kilometers, which is helpful some users familiar with one or the other.

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iPhone 5S Release Date in August, iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 to Release in April

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In a new report from iMore, the blog claims that reliable sources have told them the iPhone 5S will likely be getting an August release date. iMore’s sources have told the blog that the iPhone 5S will have the same design as that iPhone 5, no surprise there. Moving on the sources have said that the iPhone 5S will “raise the bar in terms of iPhone optics”, as well as the processor, just like Apple did will all of the previous iPhone S lines.

As for the iPad Mini second-generation and the iPad fifth-generation, these two devices could be heading for an April release date, that’s next month! Although the blog claims that the iPad Mini second-generation will not be receiving a Retina display with this update. The reason for the lack of a Retina display in the iPad Mini is simply battery life. Ritchie believes that Apple would not put out a more expensive iPad than the last, nor would the company put out an iPad with lesser battery life, and that the iPad Mini second-generation would simply be a spec upgrade. [Read more...]

iPhone 5S, Cheaper iPhone, and iOS 7 to be Unveiled in June

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Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst, issued a brand new research note regarding Apple’s roadmap for iOS device releases, specifically the iPhone 5S and the rumored cheaper iPhone. The analyst believes that Apple will be unveiling the iPhone 5S, cheaper iPhone, and iOS 7 all at once in June. The unveiling would follow a July release and Kuo’s research note includes a few interesting ideas. [Read more...]

Star Wars Pinball Released in the App Store Via Zen Pinball In-App Purchase

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The Star Wars series has definitely made a splash in the App Store recently, first with Angry Birds Star Wars and now with Star Wars Pinball. Zen Studios has updated the in-app purchases within its popular app, Zen Pinball, free in the App Store.

The update to Zen Pinball brings three new Star Wars-based pinball tables including: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Boba Fett and The Empire Strikes Back. Each of these themed pinball tables run $1.99 via in-app purchase. However, there is word that Zen Studios will be releasing a standalone version of Star Wars Pinball, which will come as a bundle in the App Store, although there are no signs of it anywhere yet.  [Read more...]

Real Racing 3 Exclusive Launch Trailer Hits the Web

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The day has finally arrived when Real Racing 3 will be released onto the iOS App Store worldwide. Earlier this month, developer Firemonkeys released Real Racing 3 as a soft launch in some countries like Canada and New Zealand, possibly to test the new freemium platform.

Although the Real Racing series has proved to be for hardcore gamers mostly, being the most realistic racing sim on the App Store, EA decided to take a different route with the third installment. As aforementioned Real Racing 3 will be a freemium game, making it free to download and allowing casual gamers to buy cars and points via in-app purchase. [Read more...]