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Apple expands iPhone trade-in program to Canada

Canadian iPhone users looking to save some money on a new phone will now be able to take advantage of Apple’s handset recycling program, the company announced Monday.

Customers who trade in their working iPhones will be able to receive a store credit of up to $275 for the purchase of a new iPhone at Apple stores.

The value of the credit will be determined by staff in Apple’s retail stores. Both consumer and business users will be able to receive a credit for their old devices.

A similar program was made available to U.S. customers last summer.

In a statement, Apple also says the “Reuse and Recycling Program” will be good for the environment.

[via Apple]

Next iPhone to have bigger screen?

apple iphoneIf you were expecting a larger screen on the iPhone 5S, the next phone from Apple might make you a little happier.

Reports suggest the tech giant is working on new iPhones that feature larger – and curved – screens.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly working on an a 4.7-inch iPhone and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone.

Currently, the screen on the iPhone 5S measures in at 4 inches diagonally.

But by comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch screen.

It’s logical to see why Apple would want to slap a 4.7-inch screen on the next iPhone. But why 5.5 inches?

The trend lately with phones is that bigger is better. Just look at the Mega’s 6.3-inch display, one of the latest phablets (a mix between a phone and a hybrid) to hit the market. Sure, it’s ludicrously big – a far cry from the smaller-is-better phone commercials from yesteryear.

The curved screen will likely make the iPhone much more ergonomic and comfortable to hold.

Bloomerg’s source is apparently someone familiar with Apple’s plans and says the new phones with larger screens may be launched in the third quarter of next year.

But with phones featuring larger and larger screens, how big is too big? Or what’s too small? What’s the perfect phone screen size?

iPhone 5S gold: a 64-bit processor, better camera

Now that Apple has released the latest version of its flagship smartphone, many people might be wondering: What is the point of having a 64-bit processor in a phone?

That is likely the case, as long as people noticed that detail in what is otherwise a fairly incremental update to the lineup.

Sorry folks, but the iPhone 5S didn’t get a bigger screen. It’s still the same 4-inch display that we had with the base iPhone 5. Which, compared to the bigger screens we see on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the HTC One, it seems kinda small.

But Apple is going big on processing power with the introduction of the A7 processor. The 64-bit A7 processor.

With traditional desktops and laptops these days, almost all have 64-bit processors. It’s the norm.

The exact details of how 64-bit chips work compared to their 32-bit comrades is really technical and overwhelming.

Ultimately, however, the chip that runs the show in your iPhone 5S can direct more digital traffic, more quickly. And that, in theory, means your phone can do more at the same time. It should be faster.

But it won’t be, at least not right away.

Other than a small handful of apps currently out there, there aren’t many that can take advantage of the 64-bit processor.

That’s like having a Ferrari but only a school zone to drive it through.

Don’t worry – 64-bit apps will come sooner or later, and then the iPhone can really go at autobahn speeds.

The other reason there is a 64-bit processor is so that the phone can handle the improved camera functions (slow-mode, larger sensor) and the fingerprint scanner, ZDNet reports.

 

Several iOS apps free for App Store’s fifth birthday

Apple_App_Store_free_appsMany good apps and games for Apple’s iPhone and iPad are free for a limited time in the App Store.

The promotion is part of birthday celebrations for the App Store’s fifth anniversary, which takes place this week.

The selection of free apps is so good, I’m a little enraged because many of them I purchased at full price.

Among the highlights:

How to Cook Everything – if you don’t know how to cook, or if you can’t shop for all the ingredients you need to cook at once, this is your ultimate app for the kitchen.

You can search through hundreds of recipes to find something you like, and then get step-by-step directions to help you prepare the meal. There are even built-in timers to nudge you along the way.

How to Cook Everything (best used on the iPad) is also great because you can rate and share recipes with other users.

Another solid app is Traktor DJ, which lets you pretend to be Tiesto or DJ Hardwell behind the screen of your iPhone or Apple tablet.

Load up two tracks and then mix the tunes together with Traktor, applying loops, filters and other cool effects.

Traktor – in particular – is almost $20 in the App Store, so it’s one of the better deals out there this week.

For what it’s worth, the app developers aren’t getting reimbursed for giving this stuff away this week.

According to ABC. the CEO of the company behind Barefoot World Atlas said the loss of sales from one week is “far outweighed” by the gain in awareness of the app.

 

Apple’s new iOS 7 looks for inspiration to please

6a00e54f916452883401901d42c1af970b-320wiApple’s mobile operating system iOS has gone under the knife to get some major plastic surgery, giving it a fresh new look that’s drastically different from what we’re used to.

But some might say it’s not a whole lot different compared to the features and design basics that Android, BlackBerry 10 and even Windows Phone users have been enjoying.

Apple unveiled iOS 7 at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) Monday, the biggest change since the launch of the mobile operating system back in 2007.

What’s most noticeable is that all of the system graphics and menus are a lot more basic-looking.

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Google steps inside Apple’s home with updated Google Search app

GoogleNowIt’s no secret that Apple doesn’t really love Google.

The launch of Apple’s own Maps app was an effort to get people to use a new native iOS mapping app rather than the Google-based map tool.

That project didn’t work out so well, and it even forced Apple to make a public apology online.

Now, Google is rolling out a new feature – Google Now – to iPhones and iPads with the latest update to the Google Search app.

With this move, Google is making itself comfy inside everyone’s iOS device.

Heck – the app is so convenient and it’ll feel so comfortable that Google could even be putting up its feet on the coffee table in Apple’s mobile homes.

For starters, Google Search is nothing new. It’s just an extension of the search everyone is used to on laptops and desktops…on your smartphone.

One new feature in the app is voice-activated search, a feature similar to Apple’s Siri digital assistant.

While the Google Search app can’t send a text message for you because it’s not deeply integrated with iOS, the voice dictated search is quick and responsive to most commands.

But then, there’s Google Now. This feature presents ‘cards’ of relevant information, before you even ask for it.

What’s the weather like? It’ll show you a card with local weather as you get ready in the morning. How long will it take you to get home? It’ll show you a card with traffic and travel information before you leave work – and the creepy thing is that you don’t need to actually tell the app where you live or where you work (or how you get there). It just figures that out like a creepy ex-girlfriend trying to stalk you.

Whether you think the app is creepy or convenient is up to you. But most of the time, it seems convenient.

Did you get the updated Google Search app? Do you think Google Now is creepy or convenient?

 

Picture of new, cheap iPhone possibly leaked

Photo via Tactus.com

Photo via Tactus.com

A rumour that Apple could release a cheaper, more inexpensive iPhone seem to have more truth to it after photos of such a device were leaked online.

If you’ll recall, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was working on producing a cheaper iPhone. The current iPhone 5 is nice, but it’s also expensive compared to cheaper Android-powered alternatives that litter the market.

So, it’s quite possible that Apple is sell an iPhone at a lower price point. And that’s not just to sell more phones in North America, but to sell more iPhones in emerging markets such as China and India.

Tactus.com posted the leaked photo, which shows a glossy white plastic shell with iPhone written on the back.

The blog says it’s a polycarbonate shell, which is different from the gorgeous industrial design of the current iPhone 5.

But that plastic body could also mean it would be likely that Apple could sell coloured iPhones, from blue to red to white.

Tactus is also reporting that the inexpensive version of the iPhone is rumoured to have a 3.5-inch Retina display and a 5 megapixel camera, keeping costs down but still letting people get into the iPhone family.

Would you get an inexpensive iPhone?

iPhone 5S production starting this quarter, cheaper Apple phone in the works: report

A new report suggests that Apple is going to start building the iPhone 5S this quarter – and we could see a more affordable handset later on in 2013.

 That’s the latest iPhone rumour, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

If the tech giant is actually starting to build a new iPhone this quarter, we could likely see iPhone addicts lining up outside Apple stores for the next device this summer.

The WSJ is also reporting that Apple is working on an inexpensive iPhone, likely for emerging markets.

Apple could shave the phone’s costs by ditching the iPhone’s fancy-looking frame and sticking with a comparatively small screen.

In places like India and China, spending hundreds of dollars for a full-fledged iPhone is often out of the question. In fact, these regions have been getting a lot of attention from BlackBerry andNokia, both companies that are keep to keep market share there.

But back to the next iPhone – the rumour mill is spinning quickly now.

The Next Web, meanwhile, is speculating whether the next iPhone will have a fingerprint scanner and advanced security features.

They’re also running with rumours that iOS 7 will contain a major user interface overhaul – a move that comes as other platforms such as Android and BB10 catch up.

What will all these phones be called?

When it comes to the names, maybe Apple might consider taking a page from Audi’s strategy and come out with the Audi 4RS. Or follow BMW’s lead and produce the iPHone 5M?

Which features do you want to see on the next iPhone?

 

Apple launches 128 GB iPad

The rumours came true – almost a little too quickly.

Apple announced Tuesday that it’s launching a 128 GB model of the fourth-generation iPad.

The tablet with the monster-size storage capacity practically doubles the amount of stuff you can store on the iPad.

Previously, the biggest capacity you could get the iPad in was a 64 GB model.

The new version means you can now fit more music, movies, magazines, books and apps than ever before.

And with that much space, it’s creeping up on the amount of strage space offered by many Ultrabooks – traditional but lightweight laptops without spinning hard drives.

Apple says the 128 GB iPad will be available Tuesday Feb. 5 for $799 (WiFi only) or $929 for the WiFi + ceullular version. That’s an extra $100 for double the space.

Both will feature Apple’s sharp 9.7-inch Retina display.

How much storage space do you want on a tablet?

Apple isn’t cool anymore: teens

Apple has been in the news lately, and not necessarily because it’s selling new and vastly innovative products. And now the results of a new survey suggest Apple’s cool factor is fading.

Actually, it seems as though the company is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

A report in the Wall Street Journal tossed cold water on Apple’s hot stock price by suggesting that the tech giant was cutting orders for parts used in its iPhones due to less demand for the device.

Sources told the WSJ that orders for the screens that go in the latest iPhone declined to about half what they had planned for, although at least one analyst says that wasn’t reason to panick.

Wall Street is taking notice, however. Apple’s stock price has dropped by 28 per cent since it hit a high of $702.10 back in February 2012.

And now the ultimate barometer of what’s cool is turning on Apple.

Research from the Buzz Marketing Group suggests teens don’t think Apple is cool anymore. Instead, they have their eyes on Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and the Microsoft Surface tablet.

Picked your jaw off the floor? Continue reading…

 

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