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Rumor: Apple Starting ‘Back To School’ Program Very Soon


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Apple is likely to be launching its ‘Back To School’ promotion at the end of this month, suggests a new report from 9to5Mac. According to the report, employee sources have suggested that Apple retail stores will be changing their front glass displays on the evening of 30th June once the stores close. This normally indicates a promotion of some kind, and falls within the expected timeframe of the Back To School program when it launched last year.
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Photos Of Both 5.5 Inch And 4.7 Inch iPhone 6 Devices Appear


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New images have been published which apparently depict the front and rear of the next generation iPhone 6 devices. The photos offer the best look so far at the new devices, and clearly show the larger screens and brand new design of the iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in two screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally. The images come from Sonny Dickson, who has posted pictures of unreleased Apple devices in the past, but interestingly lack either the Apple logo or the text ‘iPhone’ on the rear panel.
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Apple Patents Cool Smart Cover That Displays Push Notifications


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A new Apple patent has been uncovered which describes a Smart Cover for the iPad that is able to display push notifications from the device it is covering. As discovered by AppleInsider, the patent describes a Smart Cover that has embedded LEDs or electroluminescent panels that would allow the Cover itself to display notification alerts when placed over the screen of an iPad, essentially replicating some portions of what is displayed on the iPad screen itself.

A variation on this theme is a flexible Smart Cover that is translucent in specific areas, so that whatever is displayed in predetermined locations on the iPad screen can actually be seen through the cover itself. The advantage of this cover would be that, unlike the first, it would not require any physical electronic connection to the device below, unless the Smart Cover with LEDs could be charged via inductive charging methods.
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New Images Of Assembled iPhone 6


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A user of the microblogging service Weibo has posted pictures of what appears to be the front and back of a fully assembled gold iPhone 6. The user, dreamerjimmy shows images that depict the new device alongside the current generation iPhones and the the difference in the screen size of the two devices are immediately apparent. There’s no word on where the images have been sourced from but it can be seen that the new iPhone 6 looks very like the current generation iPad mini.
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Rumor: New iMacs Ready To Be Launched Next Week


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A new report is suggesting that the next generation of iMac is on the verge of being launched next week, with improvements in processors, and also at a lower price point. The report comes from French site MacGeneration, who suggest that the new models will feature processor bumps of 100MHz. An example given means that the current model 21.5 inch iMac with a 2.9GHz processor (3.6GHz with Turbo Boost), will be boosted to 3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost).

In addition the new models will also drop in price by 100 Euros, which is equivalent to $135 or £80. Howebver, it is not clear yet if these price drops would extend across the entire line, and whether they would be applicable in every country.
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ESPN And Multiple Local NPR Stations Arrive On iTunes Radio


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Apple has today updated the radio stations that are available on iTunes Radio to include ESPN Radio, and in excess of 40 local NPR stations. The stations are available to stream now and can be accessed on iTunes Radio on iOS and OS X (via AppleInsider). The ESPN Radio station offers a live stream of sports content 24 hours a day, and replicates the broadcast that is sent to terrestrial radio stations. The NPR affiliate channels give access to over 40 local National Public Radio stations from around the country.
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iPad And iPhone Coming To Costco


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Following on from Costco ceasing the sales of Apple products in 2010, the company will soon be selling iPad and iPhone as part of a new agreement with Apple. According to an email from Wireless Advocates, a subsidiary company, the new partnership will allow the selling of wireless Apple products through Costco stores (via MacRumors). However, it is not clear what the timeline is for the launch, as Costco apparently requires some preparation before it can incorporate the new products into its line-up.
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Daily iWatch Rumor: October Launch, Curved Screen


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Following on from a claim yesterday that the highly anticipated iWatch would launch in September of this year, a new report is today suggesting that the device will in fact be launching in October of this year. According to the report from Japanese publication Nikkei, the iWatch is set for an October release, and will have a curved OLED touchscreen and the capacity to run a version of iOS 8. Apparently, the new device will allow the collection of health related data, suggesting that it will incorporate some of the new Healthkit functionality that Apple introduced at WWDC.
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Rumor: iWatch In September


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Following on from a report yesterday suggesting that Apple would be releasing both a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone this September, analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald is now claiming that the iWatch will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 6. The report (via MacRumors) claims that production of the iWatch will be starting later this month in very limited quantities with a stronger ramp up nearer the Fall timeframe.

The analyst further goes on to suggest that different models of the iWatch will be launched at various price points, suggesting that the lowest price model could go on sale at a price point as low as $199.
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Rumor: iPhone 6 With 5.5 Inch Screen May Actually Launch This Year


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While previous reports have pointed towards 2015 as being the year when an iPhone with a 5.5 inch screen is launching, a new report is suggesting that the device could launch much earlier. According to Brian White, an analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald, the much bigger iPhone could actually be released this year at the same time as a device with a 4.7 inch screen (via MacRumors).

The report suggests that several third party manufacturers had already started producing accessories for the bigger iPhone, which apparently translates to the device launching in Fall this year. The target timeline for the launch of both devices being September 2014.
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