Original iPhone To Soon Be Rendered Obsolete At Apple Retail Stores

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According to internal Apple documents obtained by 9to5mac, it seems that Apple will soon be rendering the original iPhone ‘obselete’ this Summer, along with various older Mac laptops and desktops. The original iPhone was debuted back in 2007, so it would make sense that Apple will no longer service these products from June 11, 2013 onward.

Apple defines obsolete, or vintage, products as:

…those that were discontinued more than five and less than seven years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exception:

-Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute.

-Owners of vintage Macintosh products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States.

-Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.

Apple’s iPhone was discontinued over 7 years ago, and AT&T has even stopped activating original iPhones over 18 months ago. The original iPhone was announced and unveiled at the 2007 MacWorld conference, starting at $499 for a 4GB model on-contract. Now, you can get a much sleeker, faster, and all-around great iPhone 5 starting at $199, or even $99 if you choose to get on on T-Mobile’s network.

Question: Are you still rocking an original iPhone, or using one for any reason? Let us know in the comments below!

Steve Jobs Has Already Designed Future iPhones

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If you’re one who believes Apple’s smartphone designs will go downhill under the reign of Tim Cook, you’re in luck – for now. According to a new report from The San Francisco Examiner after a meeting with the local DA George Gascón, whom had recently met with Apple’s Government Liaison Michael Foulkes in spite of recent thefts, claims that he was looking for Apple to implement a “kill-switch” for iDevices that have been stolen, or even misplaced.

Upon responding Foulkes said something very interesting, here’s the scoop:

Gascón said Foulkes discussed the long and laborious process of researching and producing a kill-switch technology for devices, and also said the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed.

“They preceded Tim Cook,” the district attorney said he was told of the future iPhones.

Gascón said he doesn’t need to see the technology in the next iPhone, but simply wants a plan in place. He said industry insiders have told him the technology is possible.

Although Apple’s liaison was clearly trained beforehand to not leak anything to the media, “preceded” which means before would allow one to assume that Steve Jobs was the designer of the next 2 iterations of iPhones, and that the “kill-switch” that Gascón would like to incorporate could be added in future-future generations of iPhone.

You may remember shortly after Jobs’ passing, it was reported that Steve Jobs had already planned the next few years in terms of products for the company, easing those who may be skeptical of Tim Cook’s design ideology. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what iPhones the liaison was referring to, as it would likely be major iterations, like iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, rather than incremental updates.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below! source

T-Mobile Slated To Talk iPhone At Tomorrow’s Press Event

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T-Mobile, who has been known for its iPhone unlocking campaigns, is slated to hold a press event tomorrow and the iPhone will play a part in the event. According to a report from CNET, T-Mobile will formally announce that it is receiving the iPhone, and will be its flagship device for it’s new “Uncarrier” plans. Here’s the scoop:

Yep, T-Mobile will finally get the iPhone.

Apple’s flagship device, long a gap in T-Mobile’s smartphone line-up, will play a prominent role in tomorrow’s “Uncarrier” event, according to a person familiar with the launch plans.

A T-Mobile representative declined to comment to CNET.

T-Mobile will be holding the event at 11:00am EST tomorrow. For those of you who don’t know, earlier this week Deutsche Telekom owned T-Mobile USA launched new off-contract plans which allowed customers to get unlimited text, data, and web for a fairly reasonable price, with different tiers of tethering coming with all plans.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think T-Mobile subscribers will even be interested in the iPhone because it’s been so long? Send us your thoughts via Twitter or in the comments below. source

Automatic: Smart Driving Assistant That Connects Car With iPhone

Automatic is a new accessory to hit the market that allows you to receive a ton of information about your driving habits, as well as some other driving statistics, that may be helpful in the long run. The small “box” that Automatic needs to function connects to your car’s “data port”, and connects to your phone seamlessly. Throughout some drives with the Automatic, you’ll find that the device syncs with the application on your phone, allowing you to view such things like when you should do something that can waste gas, which is why Automatic boasts that it can save up to a third of gas each year.

Another cool thing about this device is when an error should appear on your car, like the Check Engine light, the Automatic application will alert you of the issue, with a small description, and a way to correct the error. Should you fix the issue, you can also easily turn off the light.

Automatic also acts like OnStar in a sense, automatically calling 911 should you find yourself in an accident. So, yes, this is a definite addition to those cars that do not have OnStar. For a complete overview of Automatic, you can view the video above, or check out more information after the break. Automatic is available for pre-order at $69.99, and will begin shipping the iOS variant in May with an Android variant due in the Fall.

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Former Apple Advertisement Director Reveals Alternative iPhone Names

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Are you using a TelePod? How are you liking it? If you have no clue what I’m talking about, TelePod was one of the 5 possible names for a device that would end up being called the “iPhone”. Former advertisement and creative director at Apple, Ken Segall, was giving a presentation where he revealed the name variants of the device.

9to5mac’s Scott Buscemi was in attendance at the presentation and released the above photo which exhibits the “Mobi”, “TriPod”, “MicroMac”, “TelePod”, and even “iPad”, which was later used as the name for that Apple tablet we’ve all come to love. 9to5mac also released a video, which you can view after the break. Here’s the scoop:

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White House Responds To Petition: Cellphone Unlocking Should Be Legal

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Last week, we reported that the petition started on the White House’s website that wanted to make cellphone unlocking legal would get a response, and today, it did. Earlier this year, the government decided to ban and make unlocking any device purchased after January 1, 2013 illegal. Of course, that didn’t stir well with the community who decided to speak up, and used the White House’s “We The People” petition page to make a statement.

Today, R. David Edelman, a Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy for the White House released an official statement on behalf of the White House stating that the government fully supports those who choose to unlock their cellphones, and will be attempting to reverse the decision made prior:

The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones.

Another prominent government figure, Julius Genachowski, who is the chairman of the FCC stated today that:

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress recently reversed its longstanding position and stated it is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for consumers to unlock new mobile phones, even those outside of contract periods, without their wireless providers’ permission, and that consumers are subject to criminal penalties if they do.

It’s worth noting he is working close with those involved in the situation, and is urging Congress to decide on a “legislative solution“.

With this being said, it looks like the future of cellular unlocking is bright. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the government was wrong to put this in place beforehand? Let us know in the comments below! image

Petition To Make Cell Phone Unlocks Legal Will Receive Response From White House

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Last month, the DMCA deemed that 3rd party cell phone unlocking will be illegal, and phones purchased after January 1, 2013 could no longer be legally unlocked. If you’re a rebel and have gone against, you could end up having to pay $500k and/or 5 years in jail, which is obviously a big deal. Of course, when the public got wind of this, many were upset and wanted this to change. A citizen, or S.K., decided to create a petition, and did so via The White House’s petition page. The reason for doing so? If the petition receives 100,000 signatures or more, The White House must address this.

It seems now that The White House is pretty much forced to comment on the topic, however, it’s unsure when and if they will side with the people. Thankfully, with the help of the community, the petition received the signatures it needed. As of Tuesday, the petition needed 20,000 signatures, and @YourAnonNews decided to lend a helping hand, and encouraged their 900,000 followers on Twitter to sign.

As of right now, the petition has 104,887 signatures and is still growing. I’m sure this brings hope for many 3rd party unlock sellers, such as Will Strafach of Chronic Unlocks. Although he has found a method in which he claims is legal, I’m sure it’d be nice to have some weight lifted off of ones shoulders to make sure you wouldn’t be stuck in any legality issues.

If you’d like to jump on the bandwagon and sign the petition, you have until Saturday.

Evad3rs Will Update Evasi0n to Untethered Jailbreak iOS 6.1.1 on iPhone 4S

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Apple has started getting weird with its iOS updates lately. First the company released iOS 6.0.2, which is only supported by the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini, and today Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 only for the iPhone 4S.

Pod2g previously spoke on the iOS 6.1.1 update matter, saying that Apple did not patch any of the Evasi0n Jailbreak exploits in the update, could Apple be getting more lenient with Jailbreaking? [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 For iPhone 4S Only

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In a strange way, Apple has released the iOS 6.1.1 software update, for iPhone 4S only. This update seems to be very incremental actually, weighing in at 23MB, and noting that it “fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S”. So, yes, this update does address the minor 3G/cellular connectivity issues that customers have been having.

It’s worth noting that this update does not upgrade the baseband from iOS 6.1. It also doesn’t necessarily lock out the jailbreak, but the evasi0n tool will not work with the iOS 6.1.1 firmware. Also, 9to5mac notes that the iOS 6.1.1 beta that was released last week will be renamed when released to the public, and the now public final build of iOS 6.1.1 does not appear to contain the Maps improvements for those in Japan.

How To Fix Weather App on iPhone After Evasi0n Jailbreak Bug (VIDEO + GUIDE)

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The Evasi0n Untethered iOS 6.1 Jailbreak seemed to work flawlessly on all devices, other than the iPhone that is, which suffered from a Weather app bug. The Weather app bug, caused by the Evasi0n Untethered iOS 6.1 Jailbreak, crashed the Weather app whenever it was opened.

While most users didn’t care, since there are plenty of third party weather apps out there, some were surprisingly outraged by the bug. Just your typical internet drama. Pod2g tweeted out a quick fix for “power users” before the planned fix is released via Cydia package update. The fix confused some, including ourselves, until we figured it out, so here’s a guide along with a video on how to fix the Weather app bug after the jump! [Read more...]