Sure, you can get your iPhone 5S in Apple's own gold finish, but so can just about anyone else with a few hundred dollars to throw around. If you really want to stand out from the crowd of folks poking at their devices all day, you need the Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300 USD). Instead of the typical gold finish, this one comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions — and if you're really feeling like showing off, go ahead and upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.
Apple kicked off this year’s tablet war this week, unveiling the latest versions of its iPads with an eye on an increasingly competitive marketplace. The new iPad will be lighter, thinner — the width of a pencil — and has a new name, the iPad Air. Its smaller tablet, the iPad mini, will have a higher-resolution display, faster processor and new colors. Both go on sale in November — just in time for the holiday shopping season. [See & Read More]
Promising a brand new but instantly familiar user experience, the iOS 7 makes its splash today. With a fresh design and feature set, this Apple upgrade packs enhanced device capability, functionality and user enjoyment. Better multitasking… an improved notification center… a sturdier camera app and updated photo library… AirDrop file sharing, iTunes Radio, and a most-welcomed Control Center for easy access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Clock, Calculator, Camera and Flashlight. Apart from being thoughtfully detailed, it also looks incredibly simple and minimal. iOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, the 5th generation iPod Touch and iPad mini. Read more via Apple and look for the iOS 7 update to roll out to devices in waves throughout the day. [Watch More]
Coming soon from Apple is the long-rumored iPhone 5c. A new addition to the iPhone family and meant as a low-cost option to those already available, the 5c features many of the internal components of Apple’s iPhone 5, but sees a completely redesigned exterior of colorful plastic. Inside, the 5c comes powered by the 5′s A6 processor and features an 8MP iSight camera, an improved HD FaceTime camera, and connectivity support for Bluetooth 4.0 and both 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. With a two-year contract, 16GB models are set to retail for $99 USD while 32GB will run $199 USD. Look for the phones to be available to pre-order beginning Friday, September 13th while a release is set for September 20th. [See Collection]
Even though we’re just now hearing what amounts to a confirmation of the unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5C on September 10, several artists took to Dribbble to present their wrap-around screen concept for the iPhone 6. Most notable among the designs are concepts by Michael Shanks, Ali Rahmoun and Sebastian Scheer. Of course they’re just ideas for now but if Apple does indeed plan to provide a fingerprint sensor with the next iPhone, who knows what they have up their sleeves for future models. [See More]
Bluelounge, purveyor of stylish and handy portable gadgets and accessories, has unveiled the Kii: a portable lightning cable that is small enough to be kept on your key chain. The lightweight and inconspicuous charger’s design is reminiscent of LaCie’s CooKey USB and features Apple’s Lightning connector on one end and a USB connection on the other. The Kii can be had in either black or white and is also available with a 30-pin connector in place of the Lightning connector for those still using the iPhone 4/4S or any other non-Lightning Apple products.
Skeuomorphic-design haters rejoice. Apple iOS 7 ($TBA) does away with the much-maligned design trend that attempts to make apps appear like their real-life counterparts (no more felt and stitches), while introducing a redesigned UI and a number of features. Changes start with the lock screen, which now animates in parallax to your movement and includes notifications even before swiping. The new Control Center gives you important settings and buttons from nearly any app and quick access to music controls and a flashlight. iOS in the Car brings your device, eyes-free, to a host of car makes. Couple those changes with iTunes Radio, and improvements to multiTasking, Safari, Airdrop, Camera, Siri, and theft deterrence, and you get a pretty impressive release. Checkout a video of Apple’s design captain Jony Ive give a meticulous breakdown of the elements that went into the new design. [Watch The Video]
Until now Apple‘s Lightning Cable, used to sync the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod Touch, has been the only viable option when it comes to syncing and charging your new gadgets. But that’s all set to change with iPhone5mod‘s announcement that it has cloned Apple’s authentication chip for the lightning cable. Capable of doing all the same functions as its official Apple counterpart, the new Flash Lightning Dock one-ups Apple’s offering by including a dock and backlit cable. The full set including dock is available for $39.90 USD while the dock and cable are $19.90 USD each when purchased separately.
After a thorough drubbing at the hands of Apple and Samsung last year, HTC's back with its latest take on a flagship smartphone. The HTC One ($TBA) is the result, blending features of both the iPhone and the Galaxy series into a single, interesting handset. It features an aluminum unibody design with chamfered edges — sound familiar? — a 4.7" 1080p screen, a 4-megapixel rear-facing camera, dubbed Zoe, that promises larger individual pixels and therefore better low-light performance, dual front-facing speakers, LTE networking, a totally re-imagined Sense skin atop Android Jelly Bean, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, NFC, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, and 32 or 64GB of onboard storage. Coming soon to a carrier near you.
Apple will move production of one of its existing Mac lines to the US next year. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple has "been working on this for a long time," and "it will happen 2013." In a separate interview with NBC's Rock Center, Cook told interviewer Brian Williams that Apple can't move all of its manufacturing to the US: "it's not so much about price, it's about the skills." [Read More]