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While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don’t expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage. Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, theÂ device is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007Â to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the companyÂ plans to move forward with actually releasingÂ such a device.
In addition to not releasing a new 4-inch phone, Apple currently plans to discontinue the iPhone 5c upon the release of the new 6S and 6S Plus, according to sources. Launched in fall 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c has been controversial for its believed-to-be underwhelmingÂ sales numbers and aging feature set. Still available as of today, the iPhone 5cÂ includes the A6 chipÂ introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012 in addition to olderÂ cameras. But for those interested in 4-inch iPhone screens, Apple will retain the iPhone 5s from 2013 and drop the on-contract price to free, per sources. It is possible that the 5c could stay on sale in some regions, much like the iPhone 4 remained available in some budget-conscious countries followingÂ its U.S. discontinuation.
While Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 upon the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple is expected to keep selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after the new 6S and 6S Plus models begin shipping. Of course, the 2014 iPhones will drop in price by $100 a piece, staggered by capacity, at least forÂ carriers offering pricing similar to last year’s.Â In summary, it appears that this fall’s new iPhone line up will beÂ the following: the 5s as the entry-level device, the 6 and 6 Plus in the middle, and the new 6S and 6S Plus sitting at the top of the lineup. The new phones will include faster processors, 12-megapixel rear cameras with 4K video support, Force Touch, more efficient cellular chips built by Qualcomm, and animatedÂ wallpapers.
Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: discontinued, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, iphone 6s, iphone 6s plus, leak, pricing, September 9 Event
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After first announcing and showing off new licensing plans with Pro Tools 12 in January, today the latest version of Pro Tools has arrived at lastÂ alongside the new subscription plans on Avidâs online store.
Highlights for Pro Tools 12 include a new âAvid Cloud Collaborationâ feature that lets users collaborate in real-time from different locations using built-in chat and other collaboration features, and a new âAvid Marketplaceâ for finding talent and accessing apps, plug-ins and third-party content.
For the first time, Avid is making Pro Tools, with version 12, available throughÂ license subscriptions starting at $29.99/month. An annual update is available for $199 (the one-time price of Appleâs competitive Logic Pro X), while the annual subscription plan will go for $299. Lastly, Avid has perpetual licenses starting at $899.
(via The Loop)
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Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is scheduled for Monday, March 9th and we’re already getting prepared to bring you live coverage and last minute leaks leading up to the event. What can you expect at the event? Below we’ve put together our list of likely announcements including some unannounced Apple Watch features and possible surprises…
Watch Pricing & Availability |
Get your credit cards ready, Apple will likely give us more on pricing and availability for the Apple Watch and could even give details on preorders.
The biggest question on everyoneâs mind: How much will the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition cost? We know the Apple Watch lineupÂ will start at $349, and most expect that represents pricing for the Sport model, but otherwise weâve yet to get anything official on pricing beyond that.
A poll of 9to5Mac readers showed nearly 80% of people think Appleâs 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost under $4500, while only 16% expect it to cost between $5000-$10,000, and 3.8% expect a price tag over $10,000. The jewelry experts are expecting a price tag slightly higher than the $4500 mark.Â
Apple might also give us some info on changes it’s making to the retail experience for Apple Watch and how customers will be able to try on the device in stores and purchase online. It’s possible some models might be harder to find than others and there have been rumors that the gold model could have its own special sales/buying experience.
New Watch features |
There are a lot of Apple Watch features, both software and hardware, that Apple hasnât yet highlighted in detail. We just told you about a few of them: Power Reserve mode, storage capacity, Heart Rate Glance, and more.
You can expect Apple to talk about some of these features with Power Reserve features likely a given due to worries of poor battery life for the device. Weâd also hope to get more on final hardware specs and a look at apps from partners. Apple just started asking developers to not share their app announcements, so itâs likely Apple has some time allotted for showing off third-party apps.
Watch Accessories |
We reported that Apple plans to sell its own straps separately alongside the Apple Watch, so itâs more than possible Apple will give some stage time for Watch accessory announcements.
We donât know if Apple plans anything forÂ third-party accessories or anything beyond just basic straps, but its event Monday will certainly be a good place to show off anything it might have planned for launch. There has been speculation regarding the possibility of a smart straps platform similar to what Pebble just announced with its new wearable.
iOS 8.2 |
We’ll likely hear a mention of iOS 8.2, the software update to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as it’s on track to be released next week afterÂ severalÂ beta builds.
The Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or higher, and iOS 8.2 adds support to the iPhone for pairing and communicating with the Apple Watch. iOS 8.2 also introducesÂ WatchKit, the framework used to addÂ Apple Watch apps to existing iPhone apps.
Because the Apple Watch will require the iPhone to have this software version, Apple will likely wantÂ to distribute the update without any issues well before the Apple Watch goes on sale.
Companion + Fitness Apps |
In addition enhancing the built-in Health app on iOS 8, we may see a couple of new apps show up next week.
As weÂ reportedÂ earlier this year,Â a Companion app on the iPhoneÂ that we previously revealedÂ is used to manage many of the settings on the Apple Watch. The Companion app features controls for accessibility options and different Watch behaviors, and an unannounced monogram feature allows you to create a customized watch face with your initials.
While Apple has not yet shown off the Companion app that we highlighted, it did reveal another iPhone app when it firstÂ demoedÂ the Apple Watch. A new app called Fitness will interface with the Apple Watch’s own Fitness app and functionality to provide an overview of your activity and workout routines.
Apple Pay |
Apple Pay officially launched in October and has steadily expanded in the US, but with the feature a perfect way of highlighting the convenience of Apple Watch, it wonât be surprising if Apple gives us an update on the payments service. Apple just updated its Apple Pay website to further highlight Apple Watch integration.
Tim Cook said Apple Watch would be available outside of the US in April, so an expansion of Apple Pay would also make a lot of sense. We reported back in January that Canadian partners were prepping for an Apple Pay launch that could happen as early as March and other reports said Apple was targeting a similar timeframe to launch in the UK and other countries.
At the very least Tim Cook has a lot of Apple Pay growth to mention if he runs over his usual company stats: As of this month the company is now at over 100 banks and credit unions in the US and growing.
Rumors of early 2015 updates to the MacBook Air have persisted for months, and based on a seemingly authentic spec leak for an updated 13″ model, it’s quite possibleÂ that Apple will update the Air with improved Intel Broadwell CPUs, graphics, and battery life either during or shortly after the Monday event. An as-of-yet-unconfirmed reportÂ from Japan hasÂ suggested that Apple may also update the 13″ MacBook Pro with Broadwell CPUs at the same time.
Similarly, reports have differed on whether Apple will debut theÂ radically thinner 12″ MacBook Air exclusively profiled by 9to5Mac during this event. The Wall Street Journal suggests that it could be announced as early as Monday, but the announcement could take placeÂ closer to the middle of 2015.
A Muse performance?
Word around the Muse fan blog world is a possible performance at Apple’s event on Monday, which wouldn’t be a huge shocker given Apple often hosts big name rock bands at its event. U2 was a big hit with everyone last time around.
The rumor seems to originate with the image tweet pictured above from Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. It could just be a nice send off for BBC DJ Zane Lowe, who just accepted a new gig at Apple. But some think the hint at meeting with Jimmy Iovine could mean Muse is on theirÂ way to the Apple event in California.
Check out the latest 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast to hear Â more on our predictions for Monday’s event.
Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Watch, iOS, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: Accessories, Apple pay, Apple watch, availability, livestream, March 9, Muse, pricing, Spring forward
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Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks only 10,000 Editions will be sold in the first year
AnalystÂ Gene Muster, from Piper Jaffray, has today posted a report with hisÂ predictions about Apple Watch pricing. Munster believes that Apple will improve overall margins through the sale of bands. This makes a lot of sense, especially considering Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts is calling out ‘accessories’ as a key area for retail in the coming months.
Munster believes that the Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 (no surprises there). He saysÂ the Apple WatchÂ â the one made out of stainless steel with a sapphire crystalÂ screen â will cost around $500 with additional bands pushing the average selling price up to $650, whichÂ happens to be the current ASP of Apple’s iPhone units. Munster also estimates the Edition will start atÂ $4999,Â despiteÂ general consensus sitting closer to $10,000. Munster is relatively bearish on Apple Watch Edition sales, suggesting that Apple will only sell 10,000 units in the first year to take only a small fraction of the expensive watch market.
Obviously,Â these numbers are little more than educated guesswork. Almost like throwing a dart at a dartboard.
We’ll find out for certain on March 9th whether Munster happens to beÂ right. As we discussed earlier, there is also the slim possibilityÂ Munster’s claims about a revamped Apple TV offering may finally come true as well.
Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS Devices Tagged: analyst, Apple watch, dartboard, edition, Gene Munster, guesswork, pricing
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An upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April.
CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to a simple problem. Just install and then click in your watch module. Taking it off is also easy, just push in the release mechanism and then remove the watchâŚ We use all metal die-cast parts that meet the demand of the road. The adapter secures to your handlebar using hardware compatible with standard bike tools.
The company shared a few features for CyClip not shown on its website including the ability to mount a battery pack for charging on-the-go. It will also have âan adapter that will allow the watch to fit over the entire unit with the band attached as well as to clip inside the unit without the watch band.â
The company hasnât yet announced pricing, but it hinted at a price tag below $50. Itâs accepting sign-ups on its website for those interested in learning more. It plans to have the CyClip available by April 30th.
Yesterday Apple scheduled a press event for March 9th where it will likely take time to give us a refresher and new details about Apple Watch ahead of the device’s launch in April. While Beats previously offered aÂ bike mount of its own for the BeatsÂ Pill Bluetooth speaker before Apple acquired the company, we haven’t heard much regarding official accessories for Apple Watch. We reported, however, that Apple does plan to have at least its own straps available to purchase separately at launch.
Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, bicycle, bike, CyClip, fitness, handlebar, launch, mount, pricing, Var, wearable
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Can you guess the price of the gold Apple Watch? There has been a lot ofÂ speculation about how much the 42mm and 38mm versions of the 18-karat AppleÂ Watch EditionÂ will cost, but we wanted to poll the 9to5Mac community to see where everyone stands. Put your guess in the comments, vote using the polls below, and we’ll check back in April to point fingers, etc.
Apple should hold a Price is Right contest for the gold Watch. Winner gets a free one.—
Mark Gurman (@markgurman) February 17, 2015
We do have some clues about how much it might cost: We reported recently that Apple Stores are being prepped with jewelry store-style touches for the Apple Watch launch, including safes that will store the expensive 18-karat gold Watch Edition models. That could be a hint that weâre looking at a product pricier than anything Apple currently has in stock at its stores.
There haven’tÂ been any reports offering a solid price point for the device, but the WSJ echoes previous speculation that the gold model could sell for as much as the $4000 Mac Pro. It also did some math based on estimates claiming there could be less than a million units of the gold model available. The exclusivity of the gold edition could make a high price point a little easier to swallow for those early adopters that just have to have it.Â
With that in mind, weâve come up with some likely price points for the gold Watch Edition. Vote in the poll below for both the 38mm and 42mm models (the price ranges should cover any difference in price between the models) and feel free to get more specific in the comments:
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French website iGen.fr, which has provided reliable information in the past, reported on Tuesday that the Apple Watch will start at $500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between $4,000 and $5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at $349, but did not disclose further pricing information.
The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version atÂ between $4,000 and $5,000. That price range would be nearly half the estimated $10,000 price that some other reports have suggested.
In terms of a launch date, the report claims that the Apple Watch will launch in time for Valentine’s Day, but that was the most specific date given. We previously shared an internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in which she wrote that the Apple Watch will launch in the “Spring” following the Chinese New Year.
iGen.fr accurately reported that Apple would launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at its September event and has also provided information that proved true regarding an iPod touch update in the past.
Apple announced last month that its WatchKit SDK will be available in November.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that Taiwanâs Fair Trade Commission has fined Apple approximately US$670,000 for its attempts to influence phone pricing set by distributors and service providers in the region. According to a statement from the commission, Apple was forcing at least three carriers to submit pricing plans for iPhon ahead of offering the devices for sale:
“Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market,” it said in a statement.
The report adds that Apple could face an additional fine of NT$50 million (around $1.7 million US) if it doesnât change its current methods of negotiating iPhone pricing plans with carriers:
It found the Cupertino-based company violated article 18 of Taiwan’s Fair Trade Act by telling Taiwan’s three main service providers how much to sell iPhones for. Apple also asked Chunghwa Telecom Co., Far Eastone Telecommunication Co. and Taiwan Mobile Co. to adjust rates.
The U.S. computer company has no right to meddle in companies’ iPhone pricing plans after selling them distribution rights, the commission said. The three carriers can distribute or resell iPhones at their complete discretion after paying Apple for those rights, the commission added.
Apple will have the opportunity to appeal the ruling, but that could leave it subject to the additional $1.7 million in fines if it decides not to comply with the commission’s request.
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T-Mobile has announced that they will no longer require a down payment on certain iPhone models during the holiday season. Specifically, customers will no longer have to pay anything when purchasing a 16 GB iPhone 5s or 5c. Several iPad modelsâthe 16 GB Air, mini, and Retina miniâare also available for no money down, though that seems to be their regular price. Monthly payments on these devices ranges from $17-$26.
This deal is available both in physical T-Mobile stores and through the carrier’s online store starting on December 11th. This special price is only available for a limited time, though the carrier hasn’t given an official ending date.Â The full press release is below:
T-MobileÂ continues to spread holiday cheer with our most affordable out of pocket prices on wireless devices. Starting December 11, T-Mobile is dropping the upfront price of some of the most popular iPhonesÂŽ to $0 down for well-qualified new and existing customers. This limited-time offer includes the 16GB models ofÂ iPhone 5sÂ andÂ iPhone 5c.iPad Air, iPad mini andÂ iPad mini with Retina displayÂ are also currently priced at $0 down for well-qualified new and existing customers.
Customers can get iPhone 5s in the 16GB model for $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $27, with a no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan. Customers can get iPhone 5c in the 16GB model for $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $22.91.
Current iPad pricing:
- iPad Air (16GB) – $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $26.25, with a no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan.
- iPad mini (16GB) – $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $17.91, with a no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan.
- iPad mini with Retina display (16GB) – $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $22.08, with a no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan.
Low upfront costs combined with our affordable Simple Choice Plan make T-Mobile a great overall value this holiday season. Simple Choice includes unlimited talk, text and Web on our nationwide 4G LTE network and now unlimited text and data in 100+ countries – at no extra charge.
iPhone customers also can take advantage of T-Mobile’s groundbreaking upgrade program,Â JUMP!(TM), which allows them to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice a year after six months of enrollment.
iPhoneÂ 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera withÂ True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5c features an all new-design, packed with features people know and love like theÂ beautiful 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight camera – all while delivering great battery life.* iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both offer more LTE bands than any otherÂ smartphone in the world** and include all-new FaceTime HD cameras.
iPad Air features a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinnerÂ and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner-making content even moreÂ immersive. iPad mini with Retina display brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the sameÂ amazingly thin and light design. The iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafastÂ wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.
The $0 down promotion will be available nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online atwww.T-Mobile.com.
* Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
** LTE coverage not available in some areas. Network speeds may vary. SeeÂ www.T-Mobile.comÂ for coverage details.
Device pricing for well-qualified customers. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. Total price forÂ iPhone 5sÂ $648,Â iPhone 5cÂ $549.84,Â iPad AirÂ $630, iPad mini $429.84, &Â iPad mini w/ Retina display$529.92. O% APR O.A.C.
Taxes & fees addit’l; total device tax due at sale. Global data coverage with capable device; not for extended international travel. See details & included countries atÂ www.T-Mobile.com.
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