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It remains to be seen how the new iPhone 5c will fare with consumers, but analysts and Wall Street investors appear to be joining a chorus of journalists who have already given a thumbs down to the handset, strictly because it's not as low-priced as they'd imagined it might have been. If that's not a head scratcher, we don't know what is, but we can only imagine come next Friday, Sept. 20 there's going to be an awful lot of folks walking out of retail stores with an iPhone 5c in their hands...
You've no doubt heard that iOS 7 is finally coming to your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad next Wednesday, Sept. 18 — but one highly-touted feature that will be a no-show at launch is iCloud Keychain. According to MacRumors, the feature was yanked from the gold master developers received on Tuesday, and Apple's iOS 7 features page now lists iCloud Keychain as "coming soon." The immediate presumption is that the feature has been delayed until the release of OS X Mavericks — after all, saving passwords, website logins, and other sensitive data is a two-way street that requires the Mac version of Safari to be truly useful.
Ever wonder what it might look like inside Motorola's Texas factory where the manufacturer is assembling its latest Moto X smartphones? The Verge certainly did, and came back with words and photos to tell the tale of a former Nokia facility that's now cranking out in excess of 100,000 new handsets every week, complete with 2,500 employees who make it all possible. A U.S.-based factory was apparently essential to the company's "MotoMaker," which allows customers to design the look of their new handset.
Cloud storage services for your photos are a dime a dozen these days, but an increasing number are also including now including video in the mix. One of them is Adobe Revel, which has been quietly adding new features to its mobile apps at a steady pace. With the release of version 2.1 on Wednesday, Revel now supports video, with each movie file equivalent to a single photo for those on Adobe's free plan, which is limited to 50 uploads per month. Photos and videos can be combined into albums, where they can be viewed as a web gallery or even shared to Facebook. The Revel app can now be set to automatically upload photos and optionally videos as well, so your account will always be current. Last but not least, Revel now supports PNG images as well as sharing via SMS. Adobe Revel is a free universal app with a Premium tier for unlimited uploads for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.
While we admit that Apple's Sept. 10 media event wasn't quite as showy as it could have been, the new iPhone models were still impressive — at least to everyone but analysts wishing and hoping the iPhone 5c would have been much cheaper. BGR reported Wednesday that Apple mishandled the launch of its new budget-priced handset, specifically by not tempering the expectations of Wall Street, who expected the iPhone 5c to sell for between $350 and $350 without contract (Apple's unlocked price starts at $549 for 16GB). "The old Apple would never have created this kind of a let-down," BGR muses, comparing the gaffe to old-school Nokia or Motorola. But the report fails to note the most obvious thing: Apple simply doesn't care what Wall Street thinks, and is marching to the beat of its own drummer.
Every time a new iPhone is on the way, trade-in services come under the spotlight as a way to cash in on old hardware. This year's launch is no different, and consumer electronics outfit NextWorth is not only prepared for the avalanche of trade-ins, they've added a few new features to their lineup. First up is Express Payment, which gets customers paid the next business day after their trade-in is inspected, with free shipping and a 30-day "PriceLock" to guarantee each quote. NextWorth has also rebranded with a new website design, and is currently running a special offer on iPhone 4S trade-ins which guarantees $200 for any handset in good condition (no cracked display, unit must power on) when using the promo code IPHONE4S at checkout.
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