Apple sends out official invitations for Sept. 9 event!

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It’s official — Apple will hold a special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, CA at 10 AM PT on September 9. This message comes courtesy of The Beard (AKA Jim Dalrymple), the proprietor of Loop Insight.

As usual, TUAW will be liveblogging the event and providing instant news of whatever announcements happen to be made by Tim Cook and company. We’ll provide details of the liveblog once the date gets a bit closer.

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It’s widely expected that Apple will, as in past years, announce new iPhones at the special event. What is not known is whether or not an Apple wearable device (AKA “iWatch”) will also be announced

Apple’s new Lightning cable could be reversible on both ends!

Apple's new Lightning cable could be reversible on both endsAccording to a tweet from Sonny Dickson, the teen in Australia who gained fame last year for leaking parts of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, the new Lightning cable for Apple’s mobile devices will be reversible on both sides. While the next USB C connector will also have that feature, Apple’s cable could be ready in a matter of a couple of months.

Apple plans on achieving the reversibility by putting thinner pins in the middle of the connector, which allows it to have the same room to plug into the proper port regardless if it is oriented right side up, or upside down.

Assuming that this is a legit Apple design, and not the workings of a third party manufacturer, perhaps Apple will show these off on September 9th when the next iteration of the iPhone is expected to be unveiled. With total reversibility, just imagine how much sweeter your life will be.

Former Apple employee Sam Sung auctions his business card!

I can’t imagine being an Apple employer and keeping a straight face while hiring a man named Sam Sung. As it turns out, the Cupertino-based company did have a Sam Sung on payroll, a man who ironically shares his name with Apple’s main competitor. He worked as a specialist in a Vancouver store, which earned him the right for his very own business cards.

An image of his business card was found to be quite comic by the tech community. It went viral, but he had very little to say about the matter, as Apple’s policies wouldn’t allow him to comment much on the case. He is no longer working for Apple and has a single business card left. What to do with this one-of-a-kind piece of paper?

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Would you be willing to pay a significant amount of cash for Sam Sung’s business card? You can go place your bids on his auction! Sung has framed his business card, along with his company t-shirt and the official Apple Store lanyard. He then autographed the shirt and started the bids at just $0.99, a steal for any technology enthusiast.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 5.10.59 PMThe number quickly grew to substantial amounts of cash, though. Over 70 bids later, the auction now stands at $2,550 USD. That is a very high price for merchandise that probably costed apple a few dollars, but Sam Sung is hoping a tech collector “with a good sense of humor” may appreciate it.

The framed contents do come with a very rewarding sentiment, after all. Sam has honorably decided donate all proceeds to the Children’s Wish foundation, an organization that grants wishes to sick children. Sung has pledged to post a picture of Jennifer Peterson (the foundation’s director) as soon as the auction concludes.

Unlike most of us here, Sam does state he has no hard feelings for Apple, something Samsung also wouldn’t agree with. He just found this to be a great opportunity to help a good cause.