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What to expect at Apple’s October event: iPads, Macs, Apple TV and more…

It’s here. It’s official. After months of speculation, Apple has confirmed it is holding a media event on October 16. As usual, the company’s cryptic, or tongue-in-cheek, media invite reveals little about what we’re likely to see at the event, but we’ve seen and heard enough over the past few months to be able to speculate as to what will be on show in a…

OtterBox Symmetry for iPhone 6 review: Solid protection… at a price

Everybody knows OtterBox produces high-quality smartphone cases. Every year, it is among the first wave of companies to bring out a number of cases to fit the new iPhone(s) and 2014 is no different. One such case is OtterBox’s Symmetry series. While not as rugged as its all-out protection Defender series, the Symmetry, available for iPhone 6 (and…

iOS 8.1 beta 2 hints at Retina HD iPads

iOS 8.1 beta 2 was released to developers just days ago but the latest investigations into the software has found that the OS contains many iPad UI elements with “@3x” versions. Triple-sized elements are already used on the iPhone 6 Plus to maintain Retina quality on the larger display and the inclusion of iPad-specific UI elements at this size could…

Alleged 2GB RAM modules for iPad Air 2 shown of in new photo

A new photo has emerged of what is purported to be 2GB RAM modules said to be included in the upcoming iPad Air 2. The image, above, was posted on Weibo by GeekBar and depicts 2GB Elpida RAM modules. The origin of the part is unknown, however, it does appear to be similar to the 1GB of Elpida RAM found in the current-generation iPad Air. We’ve heard…

Confirmed: Apple’s next event to be on October 16

“It’s been way too long.” That’s the tagline on Apple’s invites. And with those invites, we now know the date and time of Apple’s next event: October 16th at 10am Pacific. Press and online journalists have received these invites and, as expected, begins the next week of eager anticipation as everyone starts to predict what Apple will unveil. As in…

Apple will focus on preserving jobs after sapphire supplier’s ‘surprising decision’ to file for bankruptcy

Apple has broken its silence following the announcement from its sapphire supplier that it had filed for bankruptcy. Following further information about Mesa, Arizona-based GT Advanced’s financials being revealed this morning — including a $139 million payment withheld by Apple — the Cupertino company has made its first official statement on the matter…

Competition: Win the all-new BrydgeAir keyboard for iPad!

Last month, we began a competition to give our readers the chance to win one of five BrydgeAir keyboards for iPad. We’re delighted to inform you that we have been able to extend the competition until the end of October to give you even longer to participate! If you entered in September, don’t worry — your entry is still valid and still counts! We…

Apple withheld $139 million payment to sapphire partner GT Advanced, future sapphire iPhones in doubt

Concerns were raised on Monday when Apple’s sapphire supplier filed for bankruptcy. Mesa, Arizona-based GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 meaning it could continue “business as usual” until issues with creditors were solved. The surprising turn of events at the plant led many to speculate as to the reasons why the company was…

SwiftKey updated for better performance with iOS 8.0.2

iOS users have long lamented the lack of third party keyboards on their iPhones. I know I – for one – have carried Android devices alongside my iPhone just because SwiftKey is so much quicker than typing on an iPhone’s stock keyboard. It’s more accurate, and a lot smarter too. But with iOS 8, we finally got the software on our iPhones. But it wasn’t…

iOS 8.1 beta 2 gives us another glimpse at Apple Pay

Apple released the second beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers yesterday and, after a few hours of digging through the new version, new screens relating to the upcoming Apple Pay service have been unearthed. Developer Hamza Sood took to twitter to reveal his findings, showing off setup screens for Apple Pay within the Passbook app. Apple Pay setup…