Archive for September, 2013

For the first time ever, Apple has announced not one, but two new smartphones, the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. The 5C is cute, colorful and cheap. The new 5S is speedy, sophisticated, and super secure. Here’s everything you need to know:
Candy-coated colors:
The new iPhone 5C It has the same guts as the current iPhone 5, but comes wrapped in a polycarbonate (fancy name for plastic) shell instead of Apple’s standard aluminum. It also comes rainbow of bright colors, including green, blue, yellow, pink, and white. Apple is also pulling a Samsung and launching a handful of new super colorful leather cases to go launch with it.
While the spec’s are solid, the price tag on the new 5C is especially appealing, starting at just $99 (16GB) or $199 (32GB) with a contract. This candy-colored gadget will definitely appeal to kids and teens — and the lower price tag makes the iPhone 5C a juicy option for budget shoppers who want the best of Apple for an Android price. The 5C goes on pre-sale Friday, September 13th and is available in stores on September 20th.
Bringing the bling:
The new iPhone 5S is Apple’s newest flagship phone — equipped with “Touch ID,” a new fingerprint sensor that’s built-in to the home button — so you can just touch it to unlock your phone or authenticate an App Store purchase. (Phew, no more taking a half second to type those passwords.) touchid_heroMade of high-grade aluminum the new 5S sparkles in silver, gold, and a new color Apple calls “space gray.”
Under the hood, the 5S has a new A7 chip that includes 64-bit capabilities, which makes it faster than anything we’ve seen before in a phone, and boosts graphics performance as well. (Though gamers will likely want a bigger screen.) The newest phone also has a feature Apple calls the M7 — a “motion co-processor” that tracks steps and motion, so that the phone will now work like a fitness band. There’s also a beefed up 8MP iSight camera, with a new burst feature, so that you can take rapid fire snapshots with no lag time in between. This high-tech smartphone is priced the same as the iPhone 5, running $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), or $399 (64GB) with a new 2-year contract.
The real star of today’s show – iOS 7:overview_features_2x
Both the 5C and the 5S phones will ship with with iOS 7, which is the most dramatic makeover to Apple’s operating system to date. Redesigned from the ground up, iOS 7 is packed with a bevy of thoughtful new features — including Control Center, iTunes Radio, and Siri will be able to search Twitter! Even if you aren’t planning on snagging a new phone, iOS 7 will be available — for free — to current owners of the iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iPad mini, and 5th-gen iPod touch.
C for Copycat?
If you’re thinking that some of these new Apple features sound a lot like Samsung Galaxy S4 – it’s because they do. It’s weird to see Apple playing a bit of catch-up on a field they once dominated; Nokia already has cheap and colorful phones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 already has the snazzy new camera features, and the new iTunes radio sounds an awful lot like Pandora. Seeing Apple play catch-up with the competition today left some people saying that it’s more proof Apple’s has lost the upper hand when it comes to innovation. No surprise, Apple fans disagree, and say the iPhones are Apple’s way of giving critics the finger.

What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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I had so much fun with Natasha Curry and the crew at CNN/HLN this past weekend. It was 95-degrees in the TV studio and breaking news pushed this segment back nearly two hours. Natasha was SO kind, helpful, and positive – one of the nicest hosts I’ve ever met. Thanks again to all involved! You can watch more here:

It’s time to kick off a new school year for many students. With so many newfangled gadgets, school supply shopping is no longer for the faint of heart. Long gone are the days of kids only using folders, pencils and pens.

Tech expert Jennifer Jolly shares her favorite back to school gadgets. Among her picks– an air-cushioned back pack, a versatile cooking station and a new way to jam to your favorite tunes.

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There are a few things you can count on in early September. Kids go back to school. Some people will keep wearing white long after Labor Day. Apple will unveil a new iPhone. Thanks to Apple’s much studied “silence,” iPhone rumors are spreading faster than VMA tweets about twerking.

Here’s my take on fact versus fiction – and whether you should wait or just upgrade now:

September 10th – two new iPhones – a faster 5S with a better camera, more storage and a fingerprint scanner for cool security features. And – bringing the bling – and phone could come in silver and gold – along with traditional black and white.
I also buy the rumor that we’ll see a less expensive new iphone – the 5C – aimed at people choosing lower-cost Android smartphones. Those phones will likely come in a rainbow of ipod-esque colors too.

No iPhone 6 – designs will be evolutionary – not revolutionary. No bendable iPhone. No new iGlasses – and no iWatch to be unveiled at the September event. No giant screen iPhablet. No see-through device. And no – a new iPhone will not have a Siri who can actually do your real work – like your job – for you.

I expect the new iPhones to ship out around September 20th – if history repeats itself as it so often does in iPhone land. Another fact – the trade-in market is hot – so if you’re thinking about getting the new – new iPhone – lock in your trade-in value now through a site like gazelle. Those values typically drop the closer we get to launch.
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