Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style, Moto X Play and an updated Moto G!

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At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style was designed to compete with Apple’s latest large-screened handsets.

Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge quad-HD 1440p display at 2,560-by-1,440 pixels, the phone has front-facing stereo speakers and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics and three gigabytes of RAM.

The Style supports Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Category 6 for up to twice as fast 300Mbps cellular data transfer, a feature forthcoming iPhones should include as well.

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The Style has a powerful back-facing camera with a whopping 21 megapixel resolution and 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second. The front-facing camera is five megapixels with a wide angle lens. Both front and back cameras have flash.

The phone can be customized with a variety of backplate colors and metal accents, including all-new Saffiano leather, real wood with unique grains and new silicon options. And if you buy it straight from Motorola, you’ll get pure Android Lollipop 5.1.1 experience without carrier junkware and bloatware.

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A 3,000 mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of “mixed use,” according to Motorola, with a fast-charging feature called TurboCharge capable of providing ten hours of power in just fifteen minutes of charging.

The device will be offered in 16/32/64GB tiers, but the storage can be upgraded to 128 gigabytes by way of micro SD memory cards. Pricing and release dates are yet to be revealed though Motorola hinted that the standard edition of the Style will cost “$200 to $300 less” than competing Apple and Samsung phones.

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The Style will be available in markets across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. Beginning in September, shoppers in the United States will be able to pick up a Pure Edition starting at $399 and unlocked for all carriers.

The company has pledged to announce availability for Asia Pacific, including more on China and India, later this year.

Moto X Play

Featuring a 3,630 mAh 30-hour battery which should let it run up to two days on a single charge, plus a water-resistant body, the new Moto X Play “is ready for anything.” The front of the device is dominated by a 5.5-inch 1080p screen which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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The Play is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 450 graphics and has two gigabytes of RAM. Connectivity capabilities include built-in NFC for contactless payments, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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Just like the Style, the Play too can be customized to fit your style using Motorola’s Moto Maker tool. In addition, more than a dozen interchangeable backs with seven different accent colors are available across all markets.

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Like the Style, the Play has a a five-megapixel shooter out the front and a back-facing 21-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. It comes in 16/32GB tiers, expandable via micro SD, and will be available starting in August in “various countries” across Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Play, however, won’t be available in the United States. “We’ll have more choices for you all later this year,” according to Motorola.

Updated Moto G

Motorola has only slightly revised its budget-focused Moto G this year.

For starters, the handset now offers waterproof design (IPX7-rated, like the Apple Watch) and runs a 1.4GHz quad-core with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB RAM. The 4G LTE device supports Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11an Wi-Fi and lacks NFC.

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Interestingly, the RAM can be upgraded to two gigabytes. The eight gigabytes of built-in storage can be expanded with removable storage that supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. This device, too, can be personalized with Moto Maker body customization.

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The new Moto G has a 2,470 mAh battery and the same five-inch 720p screen as its predecessor. In terms of imaging, there’s a five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel quick capture camera on the back with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, essentially the same module Motorola used on the Nexus 6.

The new Moto G is available today in more than 60 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, marking Motorola’s biggest Moto G launch yet. It starts at $179.99.

Plus, a pair of new headphones

In addition to the new phones, Motorola today released a pair of iOS-compatible wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 support: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 waterproof and sweat proof Moto surround in-ear earbuds aimed at sports fans.

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Both products come with a companion iOS app for easy pairing with up to two devices simultaneously, receiving notifications when the battery gets low and finding your lost audio accessory by locating the last location it was connected on a world map.

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Apple’s Q3 2015 Earnings: 47.5M iPhones Sold, Highest Android Switch Rate Ever!

Apple has posted its third quarter earnings report for 2015 this afternoon, and says it has broken its own record for the three-month period. The company earned a net profit of $10.7 billion on $49.6 billion in revenue.

That money comes from strong international hardware sales, which accounted for 64% of all revenue. Overall, Apple moved 47.5 million iPhones and 10.9 million iPads during its third quarter, as well as 4.8 million Macs.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers this year, vs. Q3 in 2014:

  • Revenue: $49.6 billion versus $37.4 billion
  • iPhone units: 47.5 million versus 35.2 million
  • iPad units: 10.9 million versus 13.2 million
  • Mac units: 4.8 million versus 4.4 million

And here are some comments from CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri:

“We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall.”

“In the third quarter our year-over-year growth rate accelerated from the first half of fiscal 2015, with revenue up 33 percent and earnings per share up 45 percent,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated very strong operating cash flow of $15 billion, and we returned over $13 billion to shareholders through our capital return program.”

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There weren’t any surprises this quarter, as Apple hit most of Wall Street’s expectations. iPhone sales were a little low, however, causing the company’s stock to drop 6% in after-hours trading, and iPad sales continue to fall.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed that this quarter saw the highest number of Android switchers ever.

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Apple gives iPod touch A8/M8 CPU, 8MP camera, 3x faster Wi-Fi & more with new nano/shuffle colors!

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Following a recent discovery of hidden graphics assets inside iTunes 12.2 which have hinted at an imminent iPod refresh, Apple on Wednesday quietly refreshed its dedicated music player family with a press release and a website update.

The headline new model is a much improved sixth-generation iPod touch, “the best iPod touch yet.”

It now features the Apple-designed 64-bit A8 processor, essentially the same chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and runs Apple’s M8 motion coprocessor. Apple really went all out with the iPod touch: there’s three times faster Wi-Fi 802.11ac and also an improved FaceTime HD camera with an updated sensor and burst mode for even better selfies.

But the good news doesn’t stop here: the back-facing iSight camera has received a substantial upgrade, going from five to eight megapixels with slo-mo and burst mode, 1080p video capture at 30FPS, cinematic video stabilization and more.

The screen size has remained the same, measuring four inches diagonally, and there’s no Touch ID. The device runs iOS 8.4 with the all-new Music app and Apple Music integration. As for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, they have received a minor refresh with new color options available.

“iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

“With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies.”

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The 64-bit A8 processor is indeed a major upgrade: the chip allows the sixth-generation iPod touch to run latest Metal-optimized games and graphics-heavy applications with ease. Even better, the A8 processor supports Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 operating system upgrade and will no doubt run a few future iOS releases as well.

Apple claims the A8 processor inside the new iPod touch is six times faster than its predecessor and 10 times faster in graphics performance.

The inclusion of the M8 motion coprocessor for steps and elevation tracking is also a smart move on Apple’s part as it helps the iPod touch support modern health and fitness applications in the App Store, without taking a toll on its battery.

Its eight-megapixel camera is now on par with the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 devices in terms of pixel count. On the downside, Apple appears to have removed the Loop wristband from the corner of the new iPod touch.

New iPod touch price matrix

As shown on the image above, the new iPod touches still start at $199 for the 16GB version, with the 32GB/64GB editions fetching $249/$299. Also, a new model with 128 gigabytes of storage is now available for $399.

The iPod touch received its last minor refresh in June 2014 when the 32/64GB models received a price drop to $249/$299 and a new $199 16GB model got introduced. The previous-generation iPod touch with the A5 processor and a five megapixel camera released back in October 2012 so this hardware refresh is way overdue.

As for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, these music players have received a minor cosmetic change and are now available in new darker blue and pink colors. In addition, the iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano are now available in gold, too.

The full lineup of six new iPod colors now includes silver, space gray, red, bright pink, deep blue and gold.

The refreshed music players are available starting today from Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 128GB iPod touch is available exclusively through Apple and all models are available in PRODUCT(RED).

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Apple Releases iOS 8.4 with Apple Music and a lot of improvements!

Apple has now made iOS 8.4 available to everyone for download. If it hasn’t happened already, you should be receiving the relevant update notification on your iOS device in the next few hours.

iOS 8.4’s most notable feature is, as you may know, Apple Music. The company’s new music streaming service is included in this release. So today also marks the official debut of Apple Music.

You will find the new service inside the redesigned Music app for iOS. Along with this, the latest software release also contains some unnamed improvements to iBooks and bug fixes throughout the OS.

Apple Music should be accessible from more than 100 countries across the globe. It offers a three month long free trial, after which you have to pay $9.99 per month. A $14.99 per month family plan is also available, and this works for up to 6 persons.

It has a few different components to it. First off, you can stream any song you want from Apple’s vast collection. But then there’s also Beats 1, a live radio station that will be broadcast 24/7 exclusively on Apple Music, with tracks chosen by real people, not algorithms. The same human touch is employed in the “For You” section which has recommendations of playlists and albums to listen to. And finally, Apple’s service lets artists directly connect with their fans if they want to.

Update: looks like ios 8.4 is jailbreakable with PP jailbreak. Should wait the confirmation from saurik and the jb team.

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