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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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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event, signaling likely 'iWatch' focus

Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event, signaling likely 'iWatch' focus
With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.

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Photos and video purportedly detail working 'iPhone 6,' hint at Passbook-based mobile payments

Photos and video purportedly detail working 'iPhone 6,' hint at Passbook-based mobile payments
Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing shipping delays for other manufacturers

Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing shipping delays for other manufacturers
Apple is reportedly securing dates for its upcoming fall shipments, expected to include new iPhone and iPad models, and the number of devices coming out of China is so large that major shipping companies are delaying orders from other device makers.

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Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of mobile payment partners

Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of mobile payment partners
Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut.

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BreakingApple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work with personal friend Jony Ive

Apple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work with personal friend Jony Ive
It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.

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Apple employees 'have set low expectations' for 'iWatch' battery life - report

Apple employees 'have set low expectations' for 'iWatch' battery life - report
One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report.

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FeatureSight unseen, Apple's competitors expect 'iWatch' to help establish wearable computing market

Sight unseen, Apple's competitors expect 'iWatch' to help establish wearable computing market
Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status.

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Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app, reportedly preps iOS 8.0.1 for carriers

Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app, reportedly preps iOS 8.0.1 for carriers
In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1.

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Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best smartwatch yet, but poor battery life is unacceptable

Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best smartwatch yet, but poor battery life is unacceptable
Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch —wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" — and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.

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Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as unlikely to earn much money, but will lock in users to iPhone ecosystem

Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as unlikely to earn much money, but will lock in users to iPhone ecosystem
In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach — a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.

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Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more than 30 initial partners

Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more than 30 initial partners
Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.

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Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of settlement in no-poach lawsuit

Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of settlement in no-poach lawsuit
In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."

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Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal with design overhaul, new tools

Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal with design overhaul, new tools
Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes 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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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Apple's secretive 'early field failure analysis' quality control team profiled in new report

Apple's secretive 'early field failure analysis' quality control team profiled in new report
A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.

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Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security alerts, expand 2-step authentication after celebrity photo flap

Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security alerts, expand 2-step authentication after celebrity photo flap
In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

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Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils station-focused update

Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils station-focused update
Gamers and music lovers both have App Store updates to be happy about Thursday, as Rovio released the latest edition of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise and streaming radio firm Rdio unveiled a major update with a focus on stations.

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Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform shopping features, fresh design

Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform shopping features, fresh design
Ahead of an expected iPhone unveiling on Sept. 9, Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing cross-device shopping support, enhanced imagery and refined navigation.

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Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card transaction fees for mobile payments rollout

Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card transaction fees for mobile payments rollout
Adding to rumors regarding Apple's supposed mobile payments solution, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant has managed to negotiate lower transaction fees from five credit card issuing banks.

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Apple's 'iWatch' has flexible sapphire screen & wireless charging, 'iPhone 6' to offer one-handed mode, NYT says

Apple's 'iWatch' has flexible sapphire screen & wireless charging, 'iPhone 6' to offer one-handed mode, NYT says
As hype builds for Apple's Sept. 9 announcement, yet another report chimes in with alleged details, saying the company's wearable "iWatch" will sport a flexible screen and wireless charging, while the company's larger iPhone models will apparently offer a one-handed mode for ease of use.

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Samsung's 'rushed,' 'half-baked' announcements set Apple up for easy victory this fall, analyst says

Samsung's 'rushed,' 'half-baked' announcements set Apple up for easy victory this fall, analyst says
Samsung this week made a slew of announcements, most notably its next-generation big-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but none of the products were enough to impress analyst Brian White, who doesn't think the South Korean electronics maker is well positioned to compete with Apple's anticipated fall product lineup.

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Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins countdown on website

Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins countdown on website
With less than five days to go until Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Apple has begun promoting the event —at which the iPhone 6, iWatch, and perhaps second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled — on its homepage with a countdown timer to the live stream.

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U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6' are untrue

U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6' are untrue
Rumors that mega-popular rock band U2 have struck a new partnership with Apple to release their upcoming album on the so-called iPhone 6 and could participate in next Tuesday's media event in Cupertino are without merit, a U2 spokesperson said on Thursday.

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Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' will offer NFC e-wallet payments, WSJ reaffirms

Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' will offer NFC e-wallet payments, WSJ reaffirms
Yet another publication chimed in on Thursday to say that Apple's next iPhone and its anticipated wearable "iWatch" will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the "iWatch" is also said to sport a curved OLED display.

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Apple supplier Catcher Technology accused of labor violations in China plant

Apple supplier Catcher Technology accused of labor violations in China plant
Workers at a Catcher-owned facility in Suqian, China are subjected to discriminatory hiring policies, forced to handle toxic materials without proper protective gear, and made to work excessive overtime to manufacture parts for Apple's next-generation iPad Air, according to a scathing undercover report released Thursday by China Labor Watch and Green America.

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FeatureExclusive aerial footage of Apple's mysterious white box next to 'iPhone 6' event site

Exclusive aerial footage of Apple's mysterious white box next to 'iPhone 6' event site
Not too far from Apple's Campus 2 project, a temporary structure is rising for the company's September 9 event, and new aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer using a flying camera drone offer a closer look at the mysterious white box that has generated considerable buzz.

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BreakingApple's 'iWatch' to have two sizes, 8GB storage, multiple material & color options for 2015 launch - report

Apple's 'iWatch' to have two sizes, 8GB storage, multiple material & color options for 2015 launch - report
With Apple design chief Jony Ive reportedly confident of the so-called "iWatch's" chances when pitted against the famous Swiss watchmakers, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will offer its upcoming wearable — which is unlikely to hit shelves before 2015 — in at least two sizes with 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a variety of color and material options, including gold

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Breaking'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but gain 128GB variant, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but gain 128GB variant, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says
Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.

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