Space gray and blue are the most popular colors for iPhone 5s and 5c

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This year, Apple is offering the iPhone in more colors than ever before. The iPhone 5s comes in white, space gray and gold, and the iPhone 5c comes in white, pink, yellow, blue and green. That makes for a total of 8 colors—6 more than the handset came in last year.

But according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (or CIRP), 2 of the colors are noticeably more popular than the others. For the iPhone 5s, over 40% of customers have purchased the space gray model. And as for the 5c, blue has been the top pick…

Here’s the breakdown:

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And here’s CIRP co-founder Mike Levin (via MacRumors):

“Said CIRP Partner and Co-Founder Mike Levin, “iPhone 5S and 5C colors seem to confirm some traditional gender biases. In the iPhone 5c, men prefer the neutral white, and the Space Gray in the iPhone 5S. In contrast, women prefer lighter silver 5S and the brighter iPhone 5C colors. Interestingly, no one, including the women in the survey, appears to want the Yellow iPhone 5C very much.”

A few observations here: for one, it’s not surprising space gray has been so much more popular than gold and silver models, as it has by far been the easiest to come by. In fact, many carriers and retailers still don’t have either in stock so yes, these results are incomplete.

But blue being the most popular choice for iPhone 5c buyers is more telling. All colors, to my knowledge, have been widely available since launch, so this stat really is about buyer preferences. It’s interesting because most of the colors were fairly close except for yellow.

What color iPhone did you get? Why?

This article was originally published on iDownloadBlog website.

Source: iDownloadBlog

Apple opens its second AppleCare repair center in Carlisle, PA

If you live on the East Coast or Midwest and your Apple products gets damaged while under its Apple Care warranty, there’s a good chance that you will get it repaired a lot faster now. When we say faster, it means really faster. Why? Apple recently opened their second AppleCare repair center in the United States. The new repair center is located in Carlisle, PA and it is about 200,000 square feet with another 2,500 square feet for offices.

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“Apple will use this facility to conduct repairs and replacements and to manage, package, and ship repaired Apple devices to both customer’s homes and Apple Store Genius Bars across the country. When an Apple customer of a Mac computer, for example, needs aspects of their device replaced and fixed, their product is typically shipped to a similar warehouse in Elk Grove, California.”

Normally, Genius Bars send in their products to AppleCare in Apple’s Elk Grove, California center and it is more like at least a day in transit for defective devices from the east and midwest. Now with a second and new repair center on the opposite coast, repairs in all parts will be improved and speed up.

Source: 9to5Mac

Report: Apple to offer in-store pickup for the iPad Air starting November 1

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The iPad Air goes on sale starting Friday, November 1. The tablet will be available in stores and online, and it looks like Apple will offer buyers the option to order the tablet online for in-store pickup as well, reports both MacRumors and 9to5Mac.

Historically, Apple hasn’t launched many of its iOS devices with its Personal Pickup option available from the start. The iPad 2 was Apple’s last tablet offered without a pre-order period, and in-store pickup was not one of the initial buying options. The same goes for the more recent iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

So if you want to be among the first to get a new iPad Air when it comes out on Friday, you might not have to wait in line at the Apple store. Just be sure to check the Apple Store online when the tablet goes on sale at midnight Pacific Time.

There’s still no word on an exact release date for the iPad mini with retina display, other than some point in November. In-store pickup seems unlikely, though, as the tablet is rumored to launch in short supply.

This source was originally published on Gigaom website.

Source: Gigaom

Apple Stores will open at 8 AM November 1 for iPad Air launch

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Want to be one of the first people to latch onto a lightweight, streamlined iPad Air? Apple will be opening its stores at 8 AM local time on November 1 for those who want to pick up the latest version of the popular tablet.

While the start of online sales has not been announced, it’s anticipated that Apple will follow the script used by the recent iPhone 5s launch, where online sales began at 12:01 AM Pacific Time. Also following the sales model of the iPhone 5s, Apple is not taking pre-orders online. For past iPads, buyers could pre-order online for home or office delivery on the day of launch.

If you’re holding out for the Retina display iPad mini, you’ll have to wait until later in November.

This article was originally published on Túaw website.

Source: Túaw

Apple TV update brings new iMovie Theater channel

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When Apple updated its iLife suite on iOS and OS X today during its iPad event, it announced a new feature for iMovie called “iMovie Theater” designed to allow users to share content to iCloud and then watch the clips, movies or trailers easily on any Apple device. Apple mentioned that would also include the Apple TV and has now added a new “iMovie Theater” channel in a quiet update to Apple TV.

The new iMovie Theater channel is accessible after installing a software update on Apple TVs and you can access your shared content by signing into the same Apple ID used for your iCloud account on your other Apple devices with iMovie.

The iMovie apps are available for free to users who purchase new devices and to everyone else for $4.99 and $14.99 on the App Stores.

This article was originally published via 9to5Mac website.

Source: 9to5Mac

Some Apple Stores now carrying non-Retina iPad mini in Space Gray

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Alongside the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple announced a small update for the first-gen iPad mini on Tuesday. The (non-Retina) tablet has been given a small price reduction, and a new ‘Space Gray’ colorway.

And according to a new report, some retail stores have quietly begun stocking these new minis on their shelves—meaning they’re now available for purchase. So if you’re interested, it might be worth checking your local Apple Store…

Citing anonymous sources, 9to5Mac is reporting that several Apple retail locations have begun receiving non-Retina iPad minis in Space Gray. They only come in one flavor, 16GB, but both Wi-Fi and Cellular models are available.

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Of course, the Space Gray has been available on Apple.com since Tuesday

The Space Gray option replaces the previous black/slate combination, but the white and silver version is still available. Both tablets will run you $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model ($30 off previous price), and $429 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.

In addition to the non-Retina mini, Apple will also be keeping the iPad 2 around for $399. And in November, these two slates will be joined by the all-new iPad Air (November 1) and iPad mini with Retina display (late November).

I think the Space Gray mini looks pretty sharp, what about you?

The article was originally published on iDownloadBlog website.

Source: iDownloadBlog

T-Mobile offers new iPads starting at $0 down with free 200MB data

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T-Mobile recently made announcement that it will be offering iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with no money down and make monthly payments. The iPad Air will start at $26.25 per month for the base 16GB cellular model. For Retina iPad mini, it will start at $22.08. Payments are made over a period of 24 monthly installments. Monthly payments will stay the same for each device if you want 32GB for $99 down payment or 64GB for $199 down payment.

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T-Mobile also offers free 200 MB data to new customers for life and yes it is totally free for iPad Air and mini owners. It will save a $15 from other carriers’ closest competitor. Free 200 MB data for life is pretty good deal but when new customers reached 200 cap, they have to pay the next tier starts at 2.5GB per month for $30.

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iPad Air vs. iPad mini with Retina Display

Last year, deciding between the iPad 4 and iPad mini was a tough decision. But this year, choosing between the iPad Air’s sleeker design and the iPad mini’s Retina Display is trickier than ever. Let Gizmag try to help, as we break down the differences (and increasing similarities) between Apple’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display.

Size

The iPad Air is 20 percent taller and 26 percent wider

The iPad Air, Apple’s new full-sized iPad, is the first major redesign since the original iPad launched in 2010. It’s more compact and focused than last year’s iPad, drawing inspiration from the iPad mini’s design. As the rumor mill had been telling us for months, it’s now basically a big iPad mini.

The iPad mini’s size, meanwhile, stays almost the same as last year’s model. It did get four percent thicker than the first-gen iPad mini, but we doubt that will make for a very noticeable change.

In terms of these two, though, the iPad Air is 20 percent taller and 26 percent wider than the Retina iPad mini. Both tablets are 7.5 mm thick.

Weight

The iPad Air is 42 percent heavier, a much narrower gap than with last year's lineup

The Retina iPad mini is actually a little heavier than its predecessor. When choosing between these two, the iPad Air is 42 percent heavier than the mini. But that gap is much narrower than it was with the 2012 models.

Build

It's Apple's familiar anodized aluminum build in both iPads

No surprises here, as both tablets sport Apple’s tight and familiar anodized aluminum construction.

Colors

Color options are also the same

No gold for you! Both tablets ship in silver/white and space gray/black hues. These are two of the three same colors in which Apple sells the iPhone 5s.

Display

The iPad mini gives you 65 percent as much screen area as the iPad Air

The big news here is the iPad mini’s Retina Display. It now packs as many pixels as the larger iPad Air, which means it has a much higher pixel density.

In terms of overall screen size, the story is the same as last year. The iPad mini gives you 65 percent as much screen area as the iPad Air does.

System on a chip

Both tablets will be faster than their predecessors, but the new iPad mini will be much fa...

Last year, the full-sized iPad’s chip (A6X, late 2012) was a full generation ahead of the iPad mini’s (A5, early 2011). This year, that playing field has been leveled, as both tablets get the 64-bit A7 chip, which is also found in the iPhone 5s.

Apple rarely tells us about cores and clock speeds in its mobile processors, and this batch is no exception. For what it’s worth, the A7 in the iPhone 5s is a dual core CPU set at 1.3 GHz.

Motion coprocessor

Both tablets take on the iPhone 5s' M7 motion coprocessor

It might not make as much sense on a tablet, but Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor makes the leap from the iPhone 5s to both new iPads. It can log data from the tablet’s sensors without killing your battery (for M7 optimized apps). We suspect Apple is planting some seeds for an iWatch with the M7.

Storage

Storage options are all even, with the iPad mini getting a 128 GB option for the first tim...

Storage options are also equal in both tablets. It looks like Apple is increasingly seeing these two tablets as birds of a feather.

Cameras

No camera differences either

It looks like both tablets also have the same cameras. Resolution is unchanged from last year’s models.

Battery

Apple advertises the same ten hour battery life (web use, Wi-Fi) for both iPads

The above Watt hours show you the technical info for each battery, but Apple is advertising similar uptimes for both tablets (up to ten hours of web use over Wi-Fi).

Wireless

Both iPads can now use two antennas, courtesy of Mimo technology

Like last year, both tablets ship in cheaper Wi-Fi only models, as well as Wi-Fi with LTE cellular editions. The big change this year is multiple Wi-Fi antennas, which can help to deliver “up to twice the Wi-Fi performance” of last year’s iPad.

Software

No surprise here, as both tablets run iOS 7

Of course, both tablets run the new iOS 7, with its fresh flat design.

Speaking of iOS 7, it just received an update to activate iCloud Keychain, which serves as a cloud-based password storage system.

Release date

The iPad Air launches on November 1, while the Retina mini will follow later that month

It looks like the rumors about Retina iPad mini supply constraints were right on, as Apple is rolling it out a bit later than the iPad Air.

Starting prices

What's this? A $70 price hike for this year's iPad mini?

Retina Displays don’t come cheap. With the more advanced technology in the new model, Apple added an extra US$70 onto the iPad mini’s price. Last year’s iPad mini is sticking around at a lower $300 price point.

The iPad Air has the same price points as every full-sized iPad before it, starting at $500 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi only version.

Wrap-up

If the iPad mini had stayed at $330, we’d be tempted to declare it the obvious winner here. But with its considerable hike, the decision is tougher. In fact, that might have been part of Apple’s thinking: the iPad mini’s light and compact build is so nice, it threatens to cannibalize the larger model. Raising its price – along with shrinking and lightening the bigger model – may help to even the scales in customer’s minds.

So there’s the decision you face. From where we stand now, both look like very solid options, and easily the best iPads to date. The one thing we can say we definitely wouldn’t recommend is picking up the iPad 2. Apple’s 2011 flagship – somehow someway – lives on for another year, at a $400 price point. Apple will likely sell a fair share of these, but we think both of the new models are much better choices.

Stay tuned for more from Gizmag on Apple’s 2013 crop of iPads.

This article was originally published on GizMag website.

Source: GizMag

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 with support for iCloud Keychain, Touch ID tweaks

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With iOS 7.0.3, users’ passwords and other data can be saved and synced across devices, safely and securely. iCloud Keychain will keep track of account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all approved devices.

A new Password Generator has also been added to the Safari browser, giving unique, hard-to-guess passwords for online accounts.

iOS 7.0.3 also updates the lock screen on the iPhone 5s to delay the display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use.

In addition, the update also addresses an issue where iMessages would fail to send for some users. The update also reportedly fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating.

Other changes in the update, according to Apple, include:

  • Improves system stability when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervized when updating software

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The update is available for iPad generations two through four, the iPad mini, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

This article was originally published on Apple Insider website.

Source: Apple Insider