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The seamy underbelly of the Chinese Mafia and Apple Store lines in New York City on iPhone launch days [video]

Casey Neistat’s latest video isn’t really news to anyone nor does it appear that Apple can or will do anything about the problem but perhaps this years delayed launch in China has exasperated it even more.  What can Apple do in this situation?

Another video of the 5th Avenue line below:


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, china, Dave, Hong Kong, iPhone, Smartphone, Tories, YouTube

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Seth Weintraub

September 20th

Apple

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Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

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It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera.  In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive eye prescription diagnosis with a portable lens hooked up to an iPhone. The invention allows doctors to carry around in their pockets what used to require a visit to the optometrist’s office.

This week, we spoke with Smart Vision Labs co-founder Marc Albanese. Check out our interview and demo in the video below.

On a recent trip to Haiti, Marc and his team were able to set up a field optometrist’s office where they were able to diagnose eye prescriptions in around one minute per patient. Not only was an order of magnitude more efficient, it was especially useful for kids who aren’t always willing to sit through the normal routine eye exam.

I found myself in a rural village in Haiti, packed inside a crowded van with 16 other volunteers – all exhausted from a full day of vision tests. My colleague, Greg Van Kirk, and I were physically tired but mentally invigorated. As part of the refraction team, Greg and I helped to refract nearly 250 community members over a six hour time-frame, and we were rewarded with the smile of a woman seeing clearly for the first time, possibly in her whole life. In the process, we successfully field tested our smartphone-based autorefractor (the SVOne), something we have been working towards over the last two years. Experiencing firsthand the demand for vision services in Haiti provided our team with tremendous validation that our efforts over the past two years have been well spent.

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Marc and his team will be at the Vision Expo West this weekend demonstrating their device and you can find out more about the product on the Smartvision Labs website.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Eye examination, Haiti, iPhone, Marc Albanese, MIT Media Lab, Optometry, Refraction, Smart Vision Labs

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Seth Weintraub

September 19th

Apple

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Poll: So which iPhone 6 did you get?

We polled you before the iPhone 6 announcement and we know things change at the last moment so we want to know which iPhone you got (if you got through):

Which color and GB size?…

 


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September 12th

Apple

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IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the editorial staff let go

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International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine, the long time Apple periodical according to tweets by staff and conversations I’ve had with personnel.  Dan Miller, Editor, Macworld tweeted the following:
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The Macworld.com website will remain open [although as a shell of its former self -ed] with a reduced staff according to Miller, who himself is leaving in a month.

As a former contributor and fan of Macworld.com it is sad to see the publication go. Ironically, the transition from print to digital hastened by Apple’s own iPad and other online tools made the publication one of the last remaining Apple publications in print.

There’s no word yet on the fate of the annual trade show of the same name that has also taken a hit since Apple stopped attending. We’ll update as we hear more.

Update: Dan Miller wrote in to clarify that he never implied that the magazine “would be a shell of its former self”  (even though most of the names and faces that were the backbone of the magazine have been let go).


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September 10th

Apple

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Is this the first video review of the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 leaks are coming fast and furious ahead of Tuesday’s event. This latest video is a supposed review of the iPhone 6 in Mandarin. We won’t know how legit it is for another 48 hours but it is certainly convincing.


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Seth Weintraub

September 7th

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AAPL dips below $100/share on iCloud security and its effects on Sept. 9th announcements

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Apple stock is off over 4% in trading today on fears that the iCloud security news will adversely affect Apple’s upcoming product announcements scheduled for September 9th. Apple is announcing new health and payments related initiatives next week, so perhaps investors fear that consumers will not trust those new services in light of the iCloud situation:

To go along with the iCloud/celebrity hacking troubles, Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store took some outage hits last night and the stock has been downgraded by analyst firm Pacific Crest. Apple crossed the $100/share marker in mid-August as speculation about the new iPhones and upcoming iWatch also hit all time highs.

The AP is saying the stock could be off because of Samsung’s announcements but nothing was announced that wasn’t expected.


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September 3rd

Apple

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Apple has reached agreements w/ American Express & MasterCard to work on iPhone payments system

We reported in May that Apple was expected to launch an iPhone payments system with the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.

Apple wants to replace yet another daily tool with your iPhone: your wallet. Executives from the Cupertino-based technology company have begun discussions with directors from retail store chains about a mobile payments service, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. Previous reports indicated that Apple is exploring new payments services through discussions with executives from existing payments companies. These latest mobile payments-related discussions, which have occurred with retail store brands such as those that sell luxury clothing and premium goods, have taken place over the past couple of months, according to the source. The source declined to be named and requested that the identities of the companies talking to Apple not be published.

Subsequent reports echoed that same Information including naming Visa as a partner.  Re/code today reports that Apple has signed up a major American financial institution to work on its iPhone wallet program.

Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need to sign up before it can launch its new payments plan, which sources say it plans to announce at its September 9 product event.

Apple’s new payments system is expected to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone in place of a credit card or cash to pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores. Customers will present their phones at the checkout counter of partnering retailers to transmit payment information to complete a purchase. It’s not clear which retailers have signed on to accept such payments.

Apple doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel here. Many U.S. stores now accept NFC-enabled Amex, Google Wallet/Mastercard Paypass, Visa Paywave and other electronic forms of payment besides the typical credit card swipe.

Update: Bloomberg chimes in with corroboration on Visa and American Express being partners, and their report adds MasterCard to the mix.

If Apple’s iPhone 6 has NFC, and many signs point to yes, most of the hardware is already in place. The rest is just software…and politics.


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August 31st

Apple

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Apple execs discuss $400 price point for wearable with the media, what do you think?

Re/code via sources unknown says today that Apple has been considering the $400 price point for its wearable, expected to be announced on September 9th and available for sale in 2015.

Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year.  Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions.

The price positioning is reminiscent of Apple’s latest product launch, the iPad, in which price points of $1,000 were batted around before Steve Jobs took the stage and conjured up the jaw-dropping $499 starting price point.

But without knowing about the wearable product, how can we judge the price point…

As a price comparison, Samsung, LG and soon Motorola and others will be out on the market with devices in the $200+ range. Fitness bands typically run in the $100 range.  Apple obviously brings a premium hardware and experience to the table.

We’ll be covering Apple’s September 9th Flint Center announcement and all of the last minute details that come out.

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August 30th

Apple

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Apple confirms: Many iCloud services are down for some people (Update: Resolved)

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Update: Apple says services have been restored shortly after 3 pm.

Readers have been reporting and now Apple has confirmed that many iCloud services are down. The problems began just after 1 PM ET today and appear to run the gamut of Apple’s Cloud services.

Thanks: Jake, Dom, Mike and everyone else who sent this in! 


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August 21st

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128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may happen

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Geekbar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier or if they will remove one of the middle or bottom tiers.

Also, earlier reports have claimed that Apple might offer some premium features on the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which could get exclusives like more storage. We’ll find out all of the answers on 9/9.

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August 21st

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