iOS Devices

History of iPhone 3GS: Faster and more powerful

Leading up to the iPhone 6 event we're updating and expanding our series on the history of the iPhone, continuing with the more powerful iPhone 3GS

Steve Jobs didn't give the WWDC keynote on June 8, 2009. He was away on medical leave. So, a team of Apple executives soldiered on without him. That included Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, who's task was to fill the biggest New Balances in the business for what was becoming Apple's biggest business. Schiller started off quoting Time Magazine's praise for the last generation, "the phone that has changed phones forever." He'd go on to make that phone more affordable forever, while also introducing its successor. It boasted twice the speed, both for processing and data networking. It was the iPhone 3GS.

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History of iPhone 3G: Twice as fast, half the price

Leading up to the iPhone 6 event we're updating and expanding our series on the history of the iPhone, continuing with the faster, less expensive iPhone 3G

At WWDC 2008 on June 9, after finalizing the details of the upcoming App Store, and summing up the original iPhone's achievements, the late Steve Jobs dove into the next challenges Apple had to face, the next mountain they had to climb. On the surface, they were obvious even before Jobs bulleted them on stage — 3G, Enterprise, third-party apps, more countries, and more affordable. The software changes came as part of iPhone OS 2.0. The hardware, iPhone 3G.

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History of iPhone: Apple reinvents the phone

Leading up to the iPhone 6 event we're updating and expanding our series on the history of the iPhone, starting with the original!

On January 9, 2007 the late Steve Jobs put sneaker to Macworld stage to give one of the most incredible keynote presentations of his life — a life filled with incredible keynotes — and in the history of consumer electronics. There, he said he would be introducing a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn't three products. It was one product. We got it. It was the iPhone.

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Walmart heavily discounting the iPhone 5c, available for less than a dollar

Walmart is heavily discounting both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for the next 90 days in preparation of the iPhone 6. If you're still looking for a sweet deal on a brand new Apple smartphone, look no further than the US retailer as you'll be able to pick up the premium flagship model for just $79, while the iPhone 5c can be yours for $0.97. These prices will lock purchasers in two year contracts with AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and Verizon.

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NFL Now goes for a touchdown on Apple TV

The Apple TV continues to expand it's sports lineup, today adding NFL Now. Just ahead of the new football season, the channel provides provides on-demand content from the National Football League, and works best if you have an NFL Now account.

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Skeptics Guide to the Universe 475: iPhone performance

Evan Bernstein was kind enough to invite me to join Steven Novella and the rest of the panel for a segment on this week's episode of Skeptics Guide to the the Universe. The topic was the recent "iPhone slow" conspiracy theory making the rounds, and we spent about 10 minutes discussing it. The segment starts about 45 minutes in, but if you're into science the whole show is worth a listen.

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Alleged images of 'iPhone 6L' showcase 2915 mAh battery, display and logic board

Apple is heavily rumored to be considering two different screen sizes for the iPhone 6, with one model claimed to feature a 4.7-inch display and the other a 5.5-inch screen size. While there have been a steady stream of leaks referencing the 4.7-inch model, there hasn't been much in the way of leaked images when it comes to the 5.5-inch variant, until now. Taiwanese blog Apple Daily seems to be one of the first to post alleged photos of the device, which the website claims will be called the iPhone 6L.

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Pokémon game for iPad coming soon as an online trading card title

A version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online that's already available for Windows and Mac PCs has now been confirmed as coming to the iPad at some point, which will make the game the first to be released for any of Apple's iOS devices by The Pokémon Company. There are other Pokémon apps for mobile devices but they are not full games.

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'iPhone slow' explained: The truth about iOS updates

The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets sensationalized. Most recently some research into correlation vs. causation in big data analytics and how it shouldn't be misinterpreted was — wait for it — widely misinterpreted. Whether regurgitators failed to read all the way through the research, or simply decided to ignore it in service of sensationalism doesn't really matter. The resulting misinformation and confusion is the same. So, what's really going on with iOS updates and older devices?

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Apple reportedly looking for more partners for its HealthKit effort

A new report claims that Apple is in talks with a number of major medical and health organization to have them support their HealthKit efforts that were announced last June as part of the upcoming iOS 8.

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