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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks.

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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorder delivery dates slip as AT&T sees biggest-ever pre-sale launch

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorder delivery dates slip as AT&T sees biggest-ever pre-sale launch
Exactly one day after preorders for went live, demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remains high, as evidenced by continued slips in shipping estimates and the announcement of a record-breaking preorder launch from AT&T.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular
While Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have drawn attention for their new form factors and flashy Retina HD displays, the handsets boast substantial under-the-hood advancements, including support for the highly efficient H.265 video codec.

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Gold 'Apple Watch Edition' could cost $1,200, industry insiders say

Gold 'Apple Watch Edition' could cost $1,200, industry insiders say
As Apple only announced an entry-level $349 price tier for its upcoming Apple Watch, speculation on cost continues to run rampant, with the latest report claiming high-end gold models could sell for $1,200 when they launch next year.

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Square reportedly declined $3B Apple acquisition offer [update: nope]

Square reportedly declined $3B Apple acquisition offer [update: nope]
Following news that payments company Square recently gathered another $100 million in funding, a report on Friday claims the firm declined an offer to join Apple reportedly worth some $3 billion.

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Apple to reportedly net 15 cents for every $100 Apple Pay transaction

Apple to reportedly net 15 cents for every $100 Apple Pay transaction
Details of Apple's upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments system are starting to emerge, with a report on Friday claiming the company will garner 15 cents on a $100 purchase, more than Google managed for its Google Wallet initiative.

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Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u]

Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u]
In an upcoming PBS interview with Charlie Rose, set to air Friday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the company's current product lineup, Beats, Apple TV, Steve Jobs' legacy and hints at new product categories that "no one knows about."

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U2 'Songs of Innocence' giveaway drives 2M downloads as back catalog sales soar

U2 'Songs of Innocence' giveaway drives 2M downloads as back catalog sales soar
More than 2 million copies of Irish rock band U2's new "Songs of Innocence" album have reportedly been downloaded through Apple's iTunes Music Store since the record's release earlier this week, enough to push it over the threshold for "double platinum" status, and have driven strong sales of U2's previous discography.

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'We're sorry:' Apple experiences numerous iPhone 6 preorder problems from crushing demand

'We're sorry:' Apple experiences numerous iPhone 6 preorder problems from crushing demand
Just like every previous iPhone launch, Friday's kickoff for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders was marred by a series of glitches, issues and errors that left a number of customers frustrated with Apple and its carrier partners' inability to keep up with overwhelming demand.

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AT&T to support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in 2015

AT&T to support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in 2015
While T-Mobile will be the only U.S. carrier to support Wi-Fi calling on Apple's new iPhone 6 series handsets at launch, it will not remain alone for long as market leader AT&T announced that it will roll out the technology on its own network next year.

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Overnight preorders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new record for Apple

Overnight preorders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new record for Apple
Apple on Friday revealed that preorders for its 2014 iPhone lineup, which have only been available for less than 12 hours, reached a new overnight record, setting the stage for what could become its biggest-ever launch weekend once the devices become available Sept. 19.

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Rumor: Apple could launch new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display this fall

Rumor: Apple could launch new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display this fall
The next Mac to receive a high-resolution Retina display could be the all-in-one desktop iMac, according to a new report, which alleges that Apple is planning to have a new 27-inch model sporting a 5K display released in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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UnionPay partnering to bring Apple Pay to China with iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

UnionPay partnering to bring Apple Pay to China with iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
Though the Apple Pay system will debut initially in the U.S. alone in October, Apple reportedly has plans in place to begin expand its mobile wallet service internationally to China through partner China UnionPay Co.

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Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now available for preorder [ux2]

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now available for preorder [ux2]
Apple and its partner wireless carriers on Friday initiated preorders for the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, though the purchase process was a harrowing experience for customers who saw persistent issues with the Online Apple Store.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Online Apple Store down ahead of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorders

Online Apple Store down ahead of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorders
Apple's online store was taken down Thursday night as the company braced for what is expected to be a flood of preorders for its recently-announced next-generation handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Apple Pay nets favorable transaction fees from banks, denied support from Walmart and Best Buy

Apple Pay nets favorable transaction fees from banks, denied support from Walmart and Best Buy
A detailed look at Apple's new Apple Pay mobile and online payments solution reveals the reasoning behind decisions from credit card issuing banks to not only adopt the service, but offer low per-transaction fees.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015 with iPhone-inspired colors

Rumor: Apple to launch 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015 with iPhone-inspired colors
A sketchy rumor on Thursday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will debut in the middle of 2015, to be available in gold, space gray and silver colors identical to those offered with the iPhone.

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Next-generation Apple Watch rumored to boast more sensors, fitness capabilities

Next-generation Apple Watch rumored to boast more sensors, fitness capabilities
The Apple Watch won't hit stores until next year, but a report on Thursday is already saying the next iteration will come packed with more sensors and fitness-oriented functionality.

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Apple's capacious iPhone 6 models to drive higher sustained ASPs, analyst says

Apple's capacious iPhone 6 models to drive higher sustained ASPs, analyst says
Based on unlocked iPhone price checks, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's latest handsets will see higher sustained ASPs thanks to upgraded storage capacities and the new top-end iPhone 6 Plus model.

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Hands-OniPhone 6: First impressions after using Apple's "bigger than bigger" phone

iPhone 6: First impressions after using Apple's
Apple's eighth iPhone event introduced two new larger-screened, larger-capacity new phones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with a continuation two of the world's top selling models, iPhone 5c and 5s, now at a reduced price.

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Apple to offer in-store iPhone 6 pickups for online preorders

Apple to offer in-store iPhone 6 pickups for online preorders
Departing from its usual product launch operations, Apple will have iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models waiting at brick-and-mortar stores on Sept. 19 for customers placing preorders online.

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FeatureWith new cameras, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a boon for mobile photographers

With new cameras, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a boon for mobile photographers
With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple added numerous features designed to make life better for users. Photographers are no exception, getting goodies like phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization —†AppleInsider took a look at all of the imaging upgrades coming to the next-generation handsets.

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Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple's iPhone 6 announcements

Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple's iPhone 6 announcements
The unveiling of Apple's iPhone 6 handsets has unsurprisingly fueled a flood of trade-in requests from previous-generation iPhone owners lured by the new devices' larger displays and bonus features. But they're not the only ones preparing to make the jump — many owners of smartphones from Apple's chief rival Samsung are also eager to upgrade their experience.

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Apple exec Greg Joswiak to be interviewed at Code/Mobile conference in October

Apple exec Greg Joswiak to be interviewed at Code/Mobile conference in October
In a rare public interview, Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak will appear onstage at the Code/Mobile conference in late October, where he will discuss his company's fall 2014 lineup, set to include the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding Liquidmetal for manufacturing

Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding Liquidmetal for manufacturing
Apple is still working to perfect methods of manufacturing Liquidmetal parts, according to a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the company moving on to processes for melting the unique metal alloy and feeding it to casting and processing equipment.

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FeatureHow to back up and prepare your old iPhone for sale or trade-in ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 launch

How to back up and prepare your old iPhone for sale or trade-in ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 launch
With preorders for Apple's next-generation iPhone beginning tonight, AppleInsider takes a look at the precautions iPhone owners planning to sell or trade their old handset for a brand-new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus need to take before divesting themselves of their passť device.

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Samsung back on Apple-bashing bandwagon with new 'It Doesn't Take a Genius' ads

Samsung back on Apple-bashing bandwagon with new 'It Doesn't Take a Genius' ads
It took Samsung just one day to deliver six new ad spots that take pot shots at the new iPhone 6, Apple Watch and even Apple's handling of the Tuesday keynote's live stream.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple offering existing iCloud storage customers grandfathered capacities, cheaper rates

Apple offering existing iCloud storage customers grandfathered capacities, cheaper rates
As part of its new iCloud storage pricing initiative, Apple is allowing existing subscribers to keep "legacy" plans while paying a cheaper annual fee than they would if signed on to the monthly rates introduced on Wednesday.

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