iOS Devices

Apple again reportedly cutting orders for iPhone 5c, wild speculation ensues

Another day, another report that production of the iPhone 5c is being cut. This time out it's the Wall Street Journal that suggests that Apple has cut orders for the iPhone 5c for the 4th quarter with Pegatron and Hon Hai, the two companies that assembles them:

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What would you like to see in a next-gen Apple TV? [Poll]

What would you like to see in a next-gen Apple TV?

The Apple TV was last updated back in the spring of 2012, gaining support for 1080p video. Flash forward 18 months and a lot of people are asking if Apple is going to update it again this year, this month, at the October 22 event. So, we're asking - what would you want to see in a 3rd generation update?

4K video (2160p) is on the horizon, but there's not a lot of content for it yet, and not many people have the download speeds or bandwidth to really make use of it yet. H.265 could help there, but it still seems more like the future than the present. A FaceTime camera would be interesting for families and conference rooms alike, but could it be integrated in a manner that fits Apple's demands for function and form? More channels are always possible, including networks and more sports, including NFL. Apple has added channels without hardware updates in the past, however, and could easily do so again. A software developer kit (SDK) and an Apple TV App Store could be interesting, and would require new hardware, but it would interfere with Apple's existing channel partner program, and doesn't seem to be getting a lot of attention lately. Cable passthrough, DVR functionality, and other traditional TV technology seem not only plagued by regionalism, but smack of the past and not the future. And built-in Blu-Ray still seems a bag of hurt.

So what do you think? If Apple takes the Apple TV to version 3, what should the bullet points be? Vote up top and give me the details in the comments below!

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How to fix a broken screen on an iPhone 5s

If you've broken the display on an iPhone 5s and you didn't opt for AppleCare+, you can always DIY repair it yourself if you feel up to the challenge. Whether you've cracked the glass or your LCD isn't functioning correctly, replacing the entire front assembly on the iPhone 5s will knock out both problems and get you back in working order in no time. The good news is, if you've replaced the screen on an iPhone 5 before, the iPhone 5s isn't too much different.

So if you're not covered by AppleCare, follow along and we'll get your iPhone 5s looking brand new again in no time.

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iPhone 5s, 5c coming to Cricket on October 25

The iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will soon be available on Cricket Wireless, a pre-paid carrier based in the US. Both phones will be available on the network starting Friday, October 25.

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Apple supposedly cutting iPhone 5c production in half due to low demand

Apple may be cutting production of the iPhone 5c in half due to demand being lower than expected. Sources say that production is currently at 300,000 units a day and will be cut down to 150,000 units a day. According to CTechnology, poor demand is due to the higher than expected price and the iPhone 5s outselling it.

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Best Buy offering $100 off iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s

Best Buy will soon offer customers $100 off for a new iPhone 5c or 5s when they trade in their current smartphone. Customers will be able to get a new 16GB iPhone 5c for free, or a 16GB iPhone 5s for $99, both on contract.

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iPhone 5s reportedly twice as crash-prone

App performance monitoring company Crittercism says that apps are twice as likely to crash on an iPhone 5s as an iPhone 5 or 5c. The company says that the crash rate of apps running on the iPhone 5s is around two percent, compared to other iPhone 5 models, according to AllThingsD.

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Why is Apple the only one capable of making iPhone-class devices?

I've said numerous times over the last year or so that only Apple could have made the iPhone 5 (from which both the current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are derived). That's earned me my fair share of raised eyebrows and heckles, largely because I've never taken the time to explain what I mean by that. Here's the explanation: No other company on earth right now could, nor likely would if they could, make a device that packs as much technology into as relatively small a frame, at such high a quality, as Apple did with the iPhone 5. And that statement can be true whether you think positioning themselves to be able to make an iPhone 5 was brilliant, or stupid. Here's why:

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16GB iPhone: The low-storage survival guide

Maybe you wanted to save $100 and get the cheapest iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s you could, or maybe you were just desperate to get an iPhone, any iPhone, in the color and on the carrier you most wanted. Maybe you paid $1500 for a gold iPhone 5s without even checking how much storage it had! Whatever the reason, you're now stuck with 16GB and you're already running out of space. You can't download any more apps or games, you can't take any more pictures or videos, you can't even update when a new version of iOS 7 is pushed out. Nerd world problem, maybe, but you're frustrated, you're exasperated, and you don't want to live like this any more. What do you do?

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T-Mobile US announces no-extra-charge data roaming and texting in 100 countries

T-Mobile US has gone rogue in recent months, zagging where big carriers previously zigged, and the latest example is their new data roaming plans, which they say are coming soon and will cover you in 100 countries at no extra charge. Fine print: You need a qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan. Given how much roaming has traditionally cost - I think my last visit to the U.S. billed me out to $900 on voice and (mostly) data, if they come through in a meaningful way, this could be huge for travelers.

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