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Apple’s iPhone 5C Offers Individual Flair

Published on September 16, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone

Apple released two new versions of its flagship handset, the iPhone, at a media event held on September 10th at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.  One of them, the iPhone 5S, was discussed in great detail on this page recently.  The other, the iPhone 5C, deserves a deeper look, too, so here’s the rundown.

Apple’s iPhone 5C Pops

When you visit Apple’s website these days, you’re going to see how much the company expects from the lower-cost, plastic-cased iPhone 5C.  It’s the first thing you see when the iPhone section of the site loads and its colors fairly jump off the screen.  Its placement is set above even the iPhone 5S with its cool, new biometric security option.

The iPhone 5C is offered in an array of five stunning and eye-catching colors.  Its price is just about half that of the iPhone 5S when purchased with a service agreement.  The two new guys in the iPhone neighborhood have persuaded Apple to drop the iPhone 5, even though the 5C is basically just a repackaged iPhone 5, with many of the same features and parts.

The colors offered include red, yellow, green, blue and white and are already being marketed as the iPhone for anyone who values their individuality (and let’s face it, that’s smart, because who doesn’t value their individuality?).  The new handsets are “for the colorful,” according to the company, meaning that the iPhone 5C is more hip and less conformist than its brethren.

Color, Color Everywhere!

The iOS system plays into the whole color concept, too.  The pre-installed, default wallpapers available on the iPhone 5C feature the same color as the case, giving the whole thing a monochromatic, cohesive color style.  While you don’t have to use the default wallpaper, it might appeal to those users who have a soft spot for their favorite color.

The cases that are being offered by Apple for the iPhone 5C also have a neat little difference: they feature cutout circles on the back of the case that allow the base color of the phone to shine through.  This opens up an entirely new way to make your iPhone 5C reflect your personal style and taste.  The cutout cases are offered in six different colors; combined with the five colors available on the iPhone 5C, this provides a total of thirty different color combinations.  While the plastic case of the iPhone 5C is sturdier than that of the other iPhone handsets, they could still use some protection against sudden shocks and falls.  With the nifty colors and cutouts, Apple’s case offerings protect your iPhone while giving it a fun flair.

Color is Nothing New for Apple Products

Bright colors and fun designs are a hallmark of Apple products.  Steve Jobs, upon introducing iMac computers in 1998, called the current crop of personal computers “ugly.”   When the iMac G3 came out, it was offered in a transparent, curvy design in the very colorful “Bondi Blue.”  The G3 was touted as a chic machine, not a geek machine.  And the strategy worked.  Sales of the G3 soared and in January 1999, Apple was offering the G3 in colors like Strawberry, Tangerine, Grape, Lime and Blueberry.  Subsequently, the G3 was offered in shades like Graphite, Snow, Indigo and Ruby, as well as a more hip “Flower Power” tie-dye design and the fun and funky “Blue Dalmatian” options.  Thirteen “flavors” were eventually offered for the iMac G3.

This obsession with color only became more apparent as the company released more products.  From iPods to laptops, and now iPhones, Apple loves color, and so do the customers.



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Another Day, Another Leak about iPhone 5S

Published on September 6, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Another Day, Another Leak about iPhone 5S

We’ve seen lots of leaks regarding Apple’s upcoming media event, where the company is expected to introduce the next generation of its flagship handset, the iPhone.  The latest leak purportedly shows a detailed view of the biometric scanner that may be employed in the iPhone 5S.  The photos show a component that will sit under the Home key of the handset.  It is widely believed to be a fingerprint scanner that will add an additional security layer to the device.

The high-resolution photos popped up online today, published by Australian teen, Sonny Dickson.  The images show hardware with a circular area that would incorporate the actual scanning mechanism within its center.  Lower-quality images were floating around at the beginning of the week, and while the earlier images cannot be matched 100% due to the difference in quality, they do appear to be of the same component.  These new images show the part in much better detail.

Leaked photos from August showed a definite change around the Home button of the purported iPhone 5S and rumors of other internal design changes have been flying through the online grapevine.  This makes sense, as a fingerprint scanner would be much more complex than the traditional Home button mechanism.

Developers who have been working with the Beta version of iOS 7 have found evidence for a “Biometric Kit” within the code, giving credence to speculation that the next generation of iPhones will employ some form for biometric scanning.  Also within the code was a description of an image showing someone being “recognized” by the device after placing their thumb on the Home button.

Rumors of biometric scanning have been circulating since Apple acquired AuthenTec last year.  AuthenTec had been developing semiconductor-based sensors that could detect the ridges and valleys inherent in a fingerprint in enough detail to be used as a security device.  The company had already developed much of the needed technology and had constructed a very small device for biometric identification when Apple acquired them for around $350 million.

With the September 10th media event just around the corner, speculation about Apple’s plans and new devices seems to grow as each day passes.  Today was no different, and I’m sure tomorrow has more tidbits in store.  Stay tuned for the latest news from Apple and keep up on all the latest on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Siri, iOS and more.






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Apple Invites Press for September Media Event

Published on September 3, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

Apple Invites Press for September Media Event

A week ahead of Apple’s anticipated September 10th media event, the company sent out invitations today to assorted press outlets.  In the invitation, the technology giant promised to “brighten everyone’s day,” a possible allusion to its expected introduction of the many-hued iPhone 5C.  The date and time of the event are now fixed: September 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern).  The invitation indicates that the event will take place in Cupertino, Ca. at the corporate headquarters for Apple.

The invitation makes no specific mention of unveiling the next generation of iPhones.  However, it has been commonly speculated among Apple followers for some time now that the event will see the introduction of two new iPhones, the 5S and the 5C.  Leaked photos have been popping up all over the internet purporting to show the iPhone 5S in a new shade (champagne) and a polycarbonate-cased, lower-cost iPhone 5C.  It is generally believed that the 5C will be released in a variety of colors including yellow, red, green, blue, white and others.

While there could be some surprises at the event, Apple followers believe they know what to expect.  Alongside the two new iPhone models, a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will probably also be brought out at the event.  The new beta version of the system, iOS 7, is in the hands of developers right now.

Features of the iPhone 5S

Several changes are expected in the iPhone 5S.  A fingerprint scanner is one of the largest and most visible changes, and has been rumored since Apple acquired AuthenTec last year.  AuthenTec is a security firm specializing in biometrics.  Its purchase was a strong signal to Apple enthusiasts that some type of biometric security would be included in the new generation of iPhones.  Leaked photos have convinced avid followers that the scanner will exist on the Home button.  A biometric security device would make obsolete passwords and lock codes, giving Apple a very good competitive edge that other tech giants will not likely be able to emulate for some time.

It is widely believed that Apple will introduce an A7 chip with the 5S.  The A7 chip is expected to be 31% faster and 20% more efficient than the A6 that is in the iPhone 5.  There may also be a dedicated chip for motion-tracking purposes.  This would enable a whole new range of interaction for the user.

The iPhone 5S may also see some other improvements, including a dual LED flash for the camera, camera upgrades and the possibility of 128 gigabyte storage capability.  It will likely be offered not only in black and white, but also in a new shade as well.  Leaked photos have shown a possible champagne color for the 5S.

Bright Day

September 10th will arrive and all of this speculation will either be borne out, or found to be completely off track.  Apple enthusiasts all over the web have been very good at figuring out what Apple is up to, and I think they’ll probably be validated in their efforts yet again.  No matter what happens, Apple is planning to brighten our day with their announcements.  We’ll keep you updated on all the latest news as we edge ever closer to the much-ballyhooed event.


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Dissecting the Apple iPhone 5C

Published on September 2, 2013 by in Apple, News

Dissecting the iPhone 5C

As previously reported here on AppleApproved, Apple’s September 10th media event is expected to see the launch of the next generation of iPhones, including the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  Ahead of the launch, several Apple followers have made predictions about what we might expect from the iPhone 5C, the lower-cost model that is expected to be offered alongside the iPhone 5S.  In order to get a better grasp on the expectations swirling around the iPhone 5C, I’ve gathered rumors and predictions from some of the more trusted Apple gossip sources.

Judging the Book by its Cover

There has been much gossip regarding the possible case construction of the iPhone 5C.  It is looking more and more like we’ll see a case made of plastic and impregnated with glass fibers to impart greater durability and scratch resistance.  The case will come in a variety of colors and the most widely-acknowledged array includes blue, yellow, green, white and red.  It is important to note that alleged photos of the iPhone 5C have been cropping up that feature pink cases; this photo has not yet been proven to be authentic.  The general consensus is that the brightly-colored cases will help differentiate the iPhone 5C from its counterpart, the iPhone 5S, that will be offered in black, white and (possibly) champagne.

The super-thin, very light plastic case will not be as heavy as the current crop of plastic smartphones that are offered by other companies.  It will be slightly larger than the traditional iPhone design, but this extra size is negligible, less than a millimeter in every dimension.  Its back is also more reminiscent of the iPad, with more curvature along the edges than is found in the current iPhone construction.  Some iPhone case manufacturers have already been designing products that take the new size and shape into account.

Specification Speculation

There haven’t been a lot of leaks regarding the internal components that will be included in the iPhone 5C.  It is widely believed that the 5C will essentially be a repackaged iPhone 5 with a snappy new shell.  If that’s the case, we’ll be seeing an A6 processor with a four inch Retina display, as well as a front 1.2-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel camera for the rear.  There is some disagreement among Apple followers regarding these specifications; including the rumor that has been circulating that Apple will employ a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the 5C.  If this is the case, the iPhone 5C will likely only support a 3G connection.  However, the majority of those “in the know” believe that the iPhone 5 specs are the most likely for the iPhone 5C.

Lower-Cost Doesn’t Mean “Cheap”

Apple followers have been hashing it out over the anticipated price tag that the iPhone 5C will carry.  The best guesses range between $300 and $500, with a few leaning more toward a $400 to $500 price point when sold without a contract.  Currently, if you were to purchase an iPhone with no service agreement, you would pay between $649 and $849.  The iPhone 5C’s price does fall below this range, but it is, by no means, a cheap version of the company’s popular smartphone device.

The Unveiling

The iPhone 5C is a much-anticipated addition to Apple’s smartphone lineup.  For those who wish they had an iPhone but just can’t afford one, the 5C could be a dream come true.

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More Handy Tips and Tricks for iPhone 5

More Handy Tips and Tricks for iPhone 5

I recently posted a partial list of helpful tips on hidden features of the iPhone 5.  As I said before, those were just the tip of the iceberg!  The iPhone 5 has so many handy features, I decided to bring you a few more.

Built-In Camera HDR

The camera that is included on an iPhone 5 is a lot better than many of the other smart phone cameras out there.  However, we all know that there are just some environments that don’t photograph well, no matter how hard you try.  With the iPhone 5’s camera, high-dynamic range (HDR) photography is possible.  HDR permits the camera to change an image as it is being captured.  This results in the best possible picture that can be taken in a particular environment.

When the HDR mode on your camera is engaged, your camera takes three images of varying exposures successively and at a very high speed.  These three exposures are intended to capture three different areas of the photograph independently.  One of these is optimized for darker areas, one for lighter areas and a third for the mid-range of light and dark areas.  Your iPhone then parses out the best of each of these images and puts them together to form the full, final, high-quality image.  In the event that you’re not satisfied with how your iPhone renders the image, the HDR and non-HDR images are both saved to the memory, allowing you to use the one you like best.

If you want to activate this option, simply bring up your camera and then go to Options.  You’ll see a toggle switch for HDR.  Turn it on and you’re all done.

The HDR mode works best when used for close-up photos and outdoor shots, as well as in darker environments when a flash is not appropriate.  HDR will not provide good results in bright lighting conditions or when the camera is in motion.


Reply With Message

If you’re in the middle of something and your phone rings, you may not be able to answer it.  No worries, though, because in this situation, you can reply to the caller with a text message.  It’s simple and easy to do and can save a lot of rounds of phone tag.  Letting someone know that you can’t talk right now also allows you to head off additional calls that you won’t be able to take.

When a call comes in, you’ll see an icon representing a phone located next to the green button you would normally use to answer the call.  When you find that phone icon, just swipe up for a menu, then choose “Reply With Message.”  This will prompt three messages to appear on your screen.  You can choose one to reply with immediately, or you can create your own custom message when the call comes in.  Your caller gets routed to your voice mail while you’re sending the text.

You can even choose to personalize the preset messages that pop up when using the “Reply With Message” function.  To do this, navigate to Settings>Phone>Reply With Message.  You can change any or all of the preset messages with a message of your own devising.


Safari’s Reading List

Safari allows you to make a reading list by tagging pages so that they are saved and can be read at a later time.  Saving a page to your Reading List is very easy.  You can do so simply by tapping the menu button (found at the bottom of the Safari page screen) and from the menu that pops up, choose “Add to Reading List.”

It’s not hard to find your tagged pages, either.  Just access Safari and go to Bookmarks>Reading List.



Global Languages

Have you ever been irritated by the fact that you can’t find an “n” with a tilde when you want to talk about the jalapeño poppers you had last night?  Your iPhone 5 can help you with that!  The iPhone 5 has a penchant for global languages, so if you’re actually bilingual, or you just want to be able to type jalapeño correctly, your iPhone 5 will take care of it if you know what to do.  You just need to hold your finger on a letter that you’re wanting to change; your iPhone will pull up a variety of versions for that letter in many different languages.  Select the one you need and poof, you’re international!

These are just a few of the additional, helpful tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone 5.  I’ll be hunting down more of these useful tips, so stay tuned to get the best performance from your device.









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