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What could Apple do with 2GB of RAM in the iPhone?

iOS has always been incredibly efficient when it comes to its use of random access memory (RAM). It's what makes cross-platform spec comparisons so much more than just a numbers game. Apple gets to write their own native code directly to their own hardware. There's also no garbage collection to account for, no third-party skins to prop up, and no interpreters running between the apps and the metal. It lets Apple get away with 1GB of RAM in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But it also makes me wonder — what could they do with 2GB?

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Did you dump your Android phone for an iPhone 6?

A strange thing kept happening to me at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week: Whenever I was standing in line for food, for coffee, or to speak to someone at a booth, and using my iPhone 6 Plus to help pass the time, people came up to me to ask how I liked it. That's usually my move. I'm the tech writer. I'm the one who's supposed to be asking how they like their phones. Yet this time it kept happening to me. The story was almost always the same — the person asking had switched to the iPhone 6 Plus from a big screen Android phone, they were loving it, and they wanted to know if I was loving it too. And that made me curious...

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How to fix a broken headphone jack in an iPhone 5s

Have a busted headphone jack in your iPhone 5s? Not being able to listen to music, podcasts, and other kinds of audio is a complete bummer. Not only that, if your iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in when they aren't, a broken headphone jack can mess with sound through the speaker too. Other symptoms could include crackling or audio cutting in and out sporadically. If any of this sounds like something you're experiencing, a DIY iPhone repair can not only save the day, if you're out of warranty, it'll cost a heck of a lot less than a new iPhone.

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How to instantly purchase an iTunes gift card using Siri

Siri is useful for all kinds of things, including quickly sending an iTunes gift card.

Wait, what? You didn't know that? Well, neither did I, not until this week! Whether you forget that birthday or just want to give a random gift of kindness, Siri can help you do it quickly and easily. All you have to do is ask!

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This is reportedly the Apple Watch Companion app

When the Apple Watch ships this spring it'll come with an app currently called the Apple Watch Companion. The Apple Watch Companion will let you manage the Apple Watch's Home screen layout (similar to how iTunes on the desktop can manage the iPhone's Home screen layout) and change various settings. Initially made public by some code found in iOS 8.2 beta 4, some apparent screenshots of the app have now also been published, providing additional information.

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8 years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced Apple's iPhone

8 years ago today Steve Jobs put sneaker to Macworld stage in what was arguably the greatest keynote in his and Apple's history of great keynotes. Following the industry-changing Mac and the iPod, Jobs claimed Apple was going to introduce 3 more revolutionary products — a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and revolutionary phone, and a breakthrough internet communicator. He asked if we got it. We did. We got the hell out of it. Not 3 products but 1. The iPhone.

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OtterBox Resurgence case for iPhone 6 includes backup battery

OtterBox kicked off a new series of iPhone 6 cases this week called Resurgence, which includes an embedded battery. In addition to providing respected protection, the 2,600 mAh battery should provide two full charges while still providing access to the Lightning connector and headphone jack. The Resurgence cases boast a smart charging system which shuts off the backup battery once it detects your iPhone 6 is at full capacity.

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Cyberpunk-themed game Frozen Synapse is now out for the iPhone

Frozen Synapse, the acclaimed cyberpunk-themed turn-based strategy game that was first released for the PC in 2011, has finally made its way to the iPhone for the first time after it was launched in an iPad version. The iPhone port is also cheaper at $2.99.

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Apple will sell SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus starting January 6th

While Apple has only offered the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on contract since its launch (with the exception of the T-Mobile variant), it is reportedly set to start offering the devices unlocked and SIM-free starting tomorrow, January 6.

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Griffin intros range of new charging solutions

Griffin has kicked off a batch of charging products perfect for your iPad and iPhone at CES. The PowerDock Pro has five slots available for any kind of device, even with a case on it. A built-in cord management system keeps things tidy, and smart voltage control makes sure everything gets the fastest charge possible. It'll be ready to go in the fall of 2015 for $129.99.

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