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Mockups of purported iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C emerge

New images have emerged out of Asia, that claims to accurate mockups of the next products to come in the iPhone line, the iPhone 5s and the 'low-cost' iPhone 5c. These aren't actual devices, but are purportedly mocked up units constructed by an accessory manufacturer so they can get a jump start on production before launch. The images come courtesy of Vietnamese site Tinhte (translated):

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Which "missing" feature do you want the most on the next iPhone [Poll]

Which "missing" feature do you want the most on the next iPhone?

Which "missing" feature do you want the most on the next iPhone? It's written "missing" very deliberately, since specifically we're talking about features that some of the latest competitor devices have brought with them to market recently. Apple doesn't make a habit of 'playing catchup' but there's a bunch of cool stuff out there that a whole lot of us would love to see included in the next iPhone.

Motorola, for example, has recently introduced a handful of devices that all pack some pretty interesting things. The new Droid Maxx, for example, has a great honkin' battery stuffed in the back that promises a full 48-hour battery life. Then, along came their Moto X with an always listening functionality for its voice-controlled, natural language interface. We've previously run polls to gather your thoughts on all of these, but now we want to see how they rank alongside some other cool features.

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Sprint reports Q2 2013 numbers, 1.4 million iPhone units sold

Today the earnings circus rolls around to Sprint, where it's their turn to announce some quarterly figures for the period of Q2 2013. Top of the line Sprint posted a pretty sizeable operating loss of $874 million. Of note in regards to the iPhone were mixed results; overall unit sales were down slightly on the previous quarter, but a good percentage of those sold were to new customers.

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Craigslist horror stories: What not to do when buying, selling, or trading used iPhones

Thanks to a variety of factors, including good build quality, excellent support, and reliable update cycle, there's a healthy market for used iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. And while there are a number of ways to buy or sell and old iOS device, including through speciality resellers, Craigslist is one of the ways that comes up again and again, but with as many horror stories as success stories. So what goes wrong, and how can you avoid the hassles?

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Verizon sells 7.5 million smartphones in Q2, 3.8 million of them were iPhone

Verizon's Q2 earnings are out today, showing smartphone sales of 7.5 million units, with 51% of those being iPhone. That works out to about 3.8 million iPhones sold by Big Red in the quarter. Also of note is that LTE device sales sits at 6.4 million units for the same period of time, and that the LTE coverage now sits at 99% of the carriers 3G footprint.

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How big would your perfect iPhone be? [Poll]

How big would your perfect iPhone be?

Generally speaking, the size of smartphones is still increasing, so how big would your perfect iPhone be? We're talking hardware today on Talk Mobile, and one of the most noticeable parts of the spec race is display size. Until the iPhone 5 came along, we had just one choice, the 3.5-inch display, on whichever variant of the iPhone we decided to use. The iPhone 5 changed all that, and for the first time the display size increased. But, it only increased as far as 4-inches, and at launch competing smartphones were hitting the market with 4.7-inch and above displays.

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A look inside the murky world of smartphone trafficking

It's a sad truth, but smartphones get stolen all the time, many never to be seen by their loving owners again. But, especially in the age of tracking apps like Find My iPhone, how come so many disappear? Where do they all go? Besides the opportunistic thief, there's organized gangs that actually ship large quantities of them out of the U.S. Jerry Deaven of Homeland Security told The Huffington Post that these organizations are shipping millions of dollars worth of phones out of the country every month:

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Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone? [Poll]

Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone?

Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone? Samsung has just launched a rugged, water resistant version of their flagship Galaxy S4 – be sure to check out Android Central's review – but they aren't the first OEM to dabble with a high-profile water resistant device either. Sony's recent high end offerings the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z have both had this ability, along with a host of 2012 devices. Using a phone in or near water seems like a strange notion for many, but for some folks being able to withstand the wet stuff is essential. Previously, those people would have to settle for a lower end offering in some chunky, rough and tough package. With Samsung and Sony leading the way, would water resistance be a welcome addition to the iPhone?

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NTT DoCoMo reportedly doesn't want the iPhone unless they can screw it up, so customers don't want NTT DoCoMo

NTT DoCoMo reportedly doesn't want the iPhone unless they can stick their logo and crapware, er, value added services, on it. Apple, of course, doesn't allow such shenanigans. The result, apparently, is a stalemate for the two companies, and no iPhone on NTT DoCoMo for customers. So what are customers doing about it? Leaving NTT DoCoMo, it seems. Sophie Knight and Maki Shiraki report for Reuters:

DoCoMo's requirement that its company logo be imprinted on all its devices also conflicts with style-conscious Apple's insistence that its products be left as manufactured.

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Apple and SK-Telecom reportedly in talks over LTE-Advanced for next iPhone

The iPhone 5 brought LTE to the iPhone for the the first time, but according to reports out of South Korea, the next iPhone is set to take it a step further with LTE-Advanced. The caveat is that at this point in time, only South Korea is preparing an LTE-A network with the recent launch of a capable version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, according to report from The Korea Times, Apple and SK-Telecom are in discussions over an LTE-A version of the next iPhone:

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