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Apple, smart homes, and the connected future

Some of the more interesting things, at least conceptually, I saw at CES 2013 were the smart appliances shown off by the likes of Samsung and LG. They're not anywhere near the sci-fi of Tony Stark's house, never mind Star Trek or the Jetsons, but they're a beginning. As a geek and fan of futurism, that's exciting. And it's an area Apple isn't playing in publicly yet, at least beyond the living room.

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Rumored entry level iPhone rumored to have a plastic chassis

The rumor that Apple is working on releasing a budget entry level iPhone for emerging markets just won’t go away. This morning, in a report by hit and miss rumor site Digitimes, it is claimed that the low end design may adopt plastic instead of the high quality materials used in its usual model.

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Dome skin for iPhone review

I love Domeskins. They're like skins but are thicker, giving them an almost 3D look and feel. I have been using them for a week and, at first, I put them on because of the beautiful look and matching wallpaper. Almost immediately after that, I came to appreciate Domeskins for the wonderful feel and extra grip they provide for my iPhone. With Domeskins, when I place my iphone on a surface, it will stay in place and I don't have to worry as much about it sliding to its doom, or being nudged into oblivion. It just stays.

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iMore show 332: CES wrap-up and iPhone and iPad rumors

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Rene goes solo to talk you through CES 2013, mobile everywhere, Super HDTV, giant phones, and more, then switches gears to address all the latest iPhone 6 and iPad next rumors. This is the iMore show!

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Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s former President of Windows is now using an iPhone

Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s former President of the Windows Division is now using an iPhone. Sinofsky, who departed company with Microsoft back in November 2012 hasn’t taken long to discover what we already know. The discovery was made by 9to5 Mac who received a tip about Sinofsky’s use of Twitter for iPhone.

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Apple supposedly cuts orders for iPhone 5 components

Apple has supposedly cut orders for iPhone 5 components, including screens by roughly half. This according to two people familiar with the matter, one of whom also said other component orders had also been cut. Apple apparently notified the suppliers last month, (both?) of the people said. Juro Osawa of the Wall Street Journal claims that it's because people aren't buying enough iPhones.

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Never mind iPhone 6 and iPads next, in 2013 it's all about iOS 7 and iCloud

There'll be an iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. There'll be a Retina iPad mini. There'll be a thinner, lighter iPad 5. There'll be an Apple A7 system-on-a-chip. There'll be an LTE radio that can do simultaneous voice and data, and eventually voice over LTE. There may be curved displays, biometric sensors and security, 4K AirPlay, onboard voice parsing, in-air gesture and face recognition, and much, much more. Apple's hardware will continue to tick tock its way towards the future, but for mainstream users, most of the time, the devices we hold in our hands today are more than good enough. And it's the stuff inside and around them that's become far, far more important.

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Apple's China Factor

Earlier this week, Asymco’s Horrace Dediu wrote a wonderful post about the huge differences between Microsoft and Apple in China. He makes a very strong case for how difficult of a position Microsoft is in. I encourage you to the Asymco post in detail to understand his arguments. Pretty compelling stuff.

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myCharge at CES 2013 gallery: More better power

myCharge has always made a good range of affordable backup batteries for iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets. At CES 2013 they've really taken it to another level, however, with more models, far more designs, and Lightning adapter support built in. They've even got a spiffy new iPhone 5 case in the pipeline.

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The less expensive iPhone

Rumors of a less expensive iPhone, in one form or another, certainly aren't new. Rumors follow want. We want iPhones, the less expensive iPhones are the more of them we can have an more often we can have them. Apple knows that too. The original iPhone was Ballmer-laugh inducing expensive, and Apple and Steve Jobs adjusted the price down, and then changed course to a subsidized model for the iPhone 3G starting at only $199. The next year, when Apple introduced the the iPhone 3GS, they kept a lower-capacity version of the iPhone 3G around, starting at only $99. In 2010, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS went to $99. And in 2011, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 became the $99 iPhone, and the iPhone 3GS was positioned at $0 on contract. With the 2012 introduction of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 has become to $0 iPhone.

It's not difficult to imagine a second line of thinking at Apple, one where they also tossed around the idea of secondary line of iPhones, designed to be less expensive from the start. Rumors of that "budget iPhone" or "iPhone nano" have been around every bit as long. But if that was the case, if Apple has such a device in the planning stages for 2010 or even earlier, they chose not to go that way, not to introduce more than one new model a year. At least not then...

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