Infographic: The Fate of Protected Apple Devices

Ever wonder what happens to your PYB protected Apple devices?  We sifted through our data created this infographic for your pleasure.  As you can see, the iPhone 5s and 5c account for 58% of Apple phone claims.  The iPad 4 represents 52% of damaged iPads.  Geographically, California knows how damage their iPhones as they are a highly populated state.  Not surprisingly, cracked screens are the biggest problem consumers have with their iPhones.  Dang clumsy hands!

 

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What We Like Most About The New iPhone 6

One of the great things about Apple is that they have continued to develop their proprietary technology. Consumers should be grateful that Samsung is a competent competitor to Apple, allowing for both companies to continually push the envelope with each new iteration of their flagship smartphones.

 

On September 19th, Apple made available to the market its newest addition to the iPhone family, the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Everything you love about iPhones is still found in the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, only everything is just better, so much better. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend. Here are the top 3 things we like most about the new iPhone 6:

 

1. The Huge Screen

 

The iPhone 6 comes with Retina HD display – which can only be described as bigger and more enhanced.  The regular iPhone 6 comes with a 326ppi (pixels-per-inch) screen resolution while the Plus unit packs up to 440ppi. Both units show a marked improvement in terms of contrast ratio and viewing angle.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-in display. This is great news for users who prefer bigger screens for their mobile phone. The iPhone 6 Plus ‘phablet’ essentially replaces the need for an iPad Mini – that’s how big it is! Although at times it seems like a struggle to grasp the phone in one hand, watching Vine videos have become more enjoyable on the large vibrant screen. That is an acceptable trade-off in our book.

 

2. The Sharp Camera

 

If you’ve managed to snag the latest iPhone, you’ll notice that your camera photos are significantly less blurry. This is because Apple is using a combination of the A8 SoC and the M8 motion coprocessor. The lens itself offer optical image stabilization, even in low light, you can still produce much sharper photos. The much improved camera features hold a respectable 8MP sensor, with ‘focus pixels’ which allows for a quicker auto-focus – a feature you’d normally expect to find on high end cameras.

It also allows you to do 43 megapixel panorama shots too. But what makes the camera feature stand out as compared to its predecessors is the slow motion function, taking more frames-per-second. The slo-mode supports upwards of 240 fps, this is definitely something worth bragging about to your family and friends. Props to Apple for allowing us to capture slo-mo reactions of our friends’ horrified faces when we prank them.

 

3. VoLTE and WiFi Calling

 

With every release of the iPhone, Apple significantly improves the wireless radio capabilities and the iPhone 6 generation is no exception to such improvement. VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support is now available. In addition, iOS 8 adds the ability to make calls over WiFi when cell coverage isn’t available. In addition to dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n that it offered in previous generations, it now also offers WiFi 802.11ac. For smartphone users with poor coverage, this feature is possibly one of the top reasons why purchasing the iPhone 6 is worth every dollar spent. All too often we find ourselves losing cell coverage in the lobby of tall buildings. No longer is this an issue and business travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief at those massive conferences.

As always, Apple aims to please. Indeed, it is very clear that Apple has more than delivered and has made history yet again the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been overwhelming!

 


 

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iPhone 6 Launch: It’s Here!

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The craziness of the Apple phenomenon had everyone show up at Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney – all sharing a common passion – to buy the newest, latest and best Apple gadget. Since the recent iPhone 6 announcement, there has been a noticeable commotion from retailers and carriers as they try to position themselves ahead of the market share. It can be safe to declare that this year’s iPhone launch is vastly different as compared to the previous years because this time around, the market has matured, all 4 carriers will now offer the latest smartphone.

 

iphone 6 launch Broadway Centre

Those that are hoping to snag the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.  We’ve gathered up a list of US locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, listed below:

 

  • Apple retail stores – 8AM local time
  • Verizon Wireless – 8AM local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
  • AT&T – 8AM local time
  • T-Mobile – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Sprint – 8AM local time
  • RadioShack – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Best Buy – 8AM local time
  • Sam’s Club – 8AM local time
  • Target – Availability will vary
  • Walmart – Availability will vary
  • Staples – Availability will vary

At Apple Store locations, procedure will be slightly different than it has in past years as Apple will also be handing out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to customers who opted for Personal Pickup when pre-ordering online last week. All buyers will be directed to wait in one line until approximately 5AM, at which point they will be split into two lines: one for Personal Pickup and one for customers hoping to purchase a device on launch day.

 

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As they do every year, Apple will hand out refreshments like coffee and water, and ahead of the store’s opening, customers in the walk-in line (who did not pre-order) will be given a digital Reservation Pass (sent via email or SMS) to guarantee them an iPhone. This year’s Reservation Passes replace the paper cards that have been handed out in past years.

 

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If you’re a walk-in customer planning to wait in line, ideally you want to arrive as early as possible. Customers that want to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are already waiting in line across the US stores, and will wait through the night. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPhone are expected to be low, with the iPhone 6 Plus being in extremely short supply. While a significant number of devices will be delivered to customers beginning September 19th and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

 

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Some analysts believe with the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is poised to begin another “super cycle.” Brian White, managing director and global head of technology hardware, software and equity research at Cantor Fitzgerald, releases the following statement: “We believe Apple is in the midst of another ‘super cycle’ that begins with the rapidly growing ‘phablet’ market via the iPhone 6 Plus and extends into the wearable category in early 2015 with Apple Watch.”

 

With every iPhone announced and released, Apple enthusiasts around the world proved their unflinching loyalty yet again during the global launch of the iPhone 6 on this day.

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3 Innovative iPhone 6 Features That Didn’t Make The Cut

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The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were just revealed a few days ago with a slew of cool new features like Apple Pay and Focus Pixels.  What you don’t know is that Apple’s technology scientists at the secretive Apple iLab developed some other unique features that ultimately didn’t end up in the final product.  Lucky for you, Protect Your Bubble was able to gain exclusive access to these radical technologies by befriending Tim Cook’s landscaper.

 

1. DNA ID Sensoriphone dna sensor

If you thought the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted with the iPhone 5s was awesome, wait until you see the DNA ID sensor that Apple initially planned for the iPhone 6.  The Touch ID sensor was supposed to be a secure way to access your phone, but hackers found a way to bypass it with wood glue and other methods.  The DNA ID sensor was developed to be the ultimate unbreakable security measure for your iPhone 6.  Instead of using your fingerprint, the iPhone 6 would require a sample of your blood or saliva every time you wanted to unlock the screen.  Simple, convenient, and super effective!

 

 

2. iMindimind 2

Along with the microwave and Shake Weight, the technology was originally developed by the U.S. military at Area 51.  iMind reads your thoughts and interprets the appropriate actions to be taken.  The goal of the iMind was to make finger and screen interactions obsolete.  Hate the 5 o’clock meeting you’re stuck in?  iMind will automatically populate job searches and apply for them on LinkedIn while you daydream.  Dislike your inconsiderate neighbor who mows the lawn at 7am on a Saturday morning?  Sensing your distress, iMind will purchase and overnight ship a hunting rifle to your doorstep.  As you can imagine, iMind could have detrimental consequences and was phased out of the final iPhone 6 product for safety concerns.

 

3. Invisible Force Field

That’s right nerds.  This isn’t Star Wars.  THIS IS APPLE!

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Apple developed force field technology 2 years ago, but felt the world wasn’t ready for it.  They tested it out on the iPhone 6 with the objective of preventing falling iPhones from getting damaged.  No more cracked screens and broken devices?  Sounds like a utopia!  As you can see from the test video below, Apple’s aural sensors will trigger a force field when it detects the programmed instruction of a synched clap and a vocal command.

 

 


 

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Revealed! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 PlusApple has just released all the deets on the new iPhone.  Here’s what you need to know.

 

Display

That’s right folks.  Apple will be releasing two versions of their new iPhone – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The regular iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 inch screen, making both versions bigger than the current iPhone 5s.  It is clear that Apple is trying to target a new demographic with their monstrous iPhone 6 Plus – sumo wrestlers, sasquatch, and Transformers.

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In terms of picture clarity, the iPhone 6 display will contain 1 million pixels and the Plus will contain 2 million pixels.  According to Apple, their ultra-HD displays will be officially dubbed as Retina HD.  Based on their naming convention, I will assume the pixel overload will blind your retinas from the immaculate picture quality.  Apple also introduced an ion-strengthened screen cover for the display.  Let’s hope it’s not too durable or I might be out of a job.

 

Body

Apple should’ve gotten the Real Slim Shady to stand up for this event because the new iPhone 6 is quite slim!  The iPhone 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the Plus will be 7.1mm thin.  If it was any thinner, I would be scared of getting a paper cut from holding the new iPhone.  The iPhone 6 is so thin that a thin mint cookie is actually bigger.  I’ve attached a picture below so you can have your mind blown visually.

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System

The latest iOS 8 is confirmed to appear on the iPhone 6.  Moreover, the A8 chip is the new 64-bit cpu processor that will power this beastly phone.  Apple claims the iPhone 6 will run 50x faster than the original iPhone, which means you can theoretically text 50x faster!

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Furthermore, Apple will be upgrading their new M8 motion processor that can track your every movement whether if you’re cycling, running, swimming, etc.  It can even detect elevation.  The NSA will be thanking Apple for this new feature.

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Camera

There will be an 8 MP camera with a new iSight sensor that will “focus pixels” twice as fast as the iPhone 5s.  Overall, image stabilization will be better resulting in less blurry photos and better low-lighting captures.  There will be a new selfie burst mode that will allow you to take 10 photos in a second.  Thanks Apple, now my grandma will be posting 10 selfies of herself playing Mahjong on Instagram!

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Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128 GB with a two-year contract.  iPhone 6 Plus will be $100 more at $299 for 16GB with a two-year contract.  Pre-orders begin Friday, Sept. 12 and ships Friday, Sept. 19.  It will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014.

iphone 6 pricing

Apple Pay

Apple introduced their new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.  It will utilize NFC technology and basically transform your iPhone into a digital credit card and make one-touch payments possible. Because that’s what we need – to make impulse buying more convenient.  “It is so cool!” exclaimed Tim Cook during the live event.  Yeah I am not so sure he will be that enthusiastic when he gets ihacked and has all his credit card information stolen.

Apply Pay

BONUS: Apple Watch aka iWatch

The Apple Watch has been revealed.  It utilizes a digital crown that controls the watch, much like rotary dials on an old school land-line phone.  The Apple Watch will be built from only the finest materials including stainless steel, aluminum, and 18-karat gold alloys.  There will be a plethora of apps available on the Apple Watch like the clock app, which conveniently tells time. One touted feature is the ability to share your heart beat with other people through the Apple Watch.  In unrelated news, pre-orders of Apple Watches have been sold out due to immense demand from nursing homes.

iWatch Digital Crown

Fitness is an area Apple is really focusing on with the Apple Watch.  With the prevalence of FuelBand and FitBit wristbands, there is a big opportunity here as Apple Watch is being pushed as an all-day fitness tracker and sports watch in a single device.  The Apple Watch will include 2 critical fitness apps – Activity app and Workout app.  With these apps you can track all physical feats you have done throughout the day from walking, running, cycling, etc.  Important: the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or above to operate.

iwatch fitness

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Pre-iPhone 6 Reveal: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

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Apple will be revealing their heavily anticipated iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9.  Here are some things you should be aware of before the event of the year!

 

1. State of the Global Smartphone Market

The 2 giant smartphone makers, Samsung and Apple, have previously dominated the market with their products.  Most recently however, new Chinese companies have started to churn out some great new phones, taking away market share from the 2 heavy players.  Chinese vendors now account for 1/3 of all Android handsets.

 

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The well-received Chinese smartphone: Xiaomi

In terms of software, the Android OS continues to expand its lead over Apple’s iOS.  According to BI Intelligence, Android has 84% market share over iOS’s 11% share.  This continues to be a problem for Apple as it has historically had trouble establishing its foothold in countries across the globe.  Will the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 be able to reverse this trend?  Only time will tell.

 

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Apple's iOS has had stagnant growth

 

2. iCloud Hacking Scandal

With the recent events of celebrity photos being obtained and leaked by hackers, analysts and consumers alike have questioned the vulnerability of the iCloud.  The iPhone 6 will undoubtedly utilize the iCloud platform more heavily than previous iPhones.  With that in mind, smartphone users are becoming more reluctant to trust personal, sensitive data to cloud platforms that clearly have security issues.  Some users have already responded to the events by beefing up their mobile security with specialized smartphone data protection apps.

 

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The iCloud has been iHacked

3. Sapphire Glass vs Gorilla Glass

Apple is rumored to be installing a new Sapphire Glass that is more durable, resistant, and bendable than the Gorilla Glass they use on their current iPhones.  This may sound like an automatic win, but some researchers like Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies have their doubts.  Soneria is concerned that Sapphire may be more brittle than glass.  Soneira states, “Breakage is a complicated process.  It depends on the stresses that are involved when something falls and that’s really hard to predict without doing testing.  And I would think Sapphire might be more prone to breakage than Gorilla Glass.”

 

Sapphire Glass Preview

 

4. iWatch

Not to steal iPhone 6’s thunder, but the iWatch is expected to debut during Apple’s big event on September 9.  Early media reports have claimed that the iWatch will come in 2 sizes – 1.3in screen and a 1.5in display version.  Memory space will be limited to 8GB of internal storage, which is a large amount for a watch.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch has only 4 GB of storage in comparison.  The aim for the iWatch is for it to be more than just a wrist-worn controller for your smartphone.  Apple wants it to be a standalone product that can operate independently.

iWatch

The iWatch for your iWrist

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The Latest iPhone 6 Rumors

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Over the last few months, rumors of the new iPhone 6 have been circulating as it nears its September launch date. According to a survey of 4,109 US consumers the iPhone 6 is the most anticipated Apple smartphone ever.

 

Display

Along with a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is rumored to feature a durable sapphire display in at least some models, and may adopt slimmer bezels and a thinner chassis. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might also incorporate Optical Image Stabilization as a differentiating feature from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

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According to Business Insider, of the many iPhone 6 prototypes Apple has made, one has a giant Retina+ IGZO display and a “new form factor with no home button. Gesture control is also possibly included.” The Retina+ Sharp IGZO display would have a 1080p Full HD resolution. A Full HD display for the iPhone 6 makes perfect sense, especially if it grows to a 4.7-inch screen as discussed, and the iPhablet will push things even further to preserve the Retina experience on a larger display.

 

iphone 6 retina concept

The most recent resolution rumors claim that Apple has been testing a pixel-tripling display which would have a resolution of 1704 x 960. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would have a pixel density of 416 ppi while the 5.5-inch model would have a density of 356 ppi.

 
Camera & Storage

The camera could get an upgrade to 13-megapixels, although not everyone agrees, with others indicating the existing 8-megapixel camera will see improvements. Analysts from Nomura Securities are also saying that the iPhone 6 will have better image stabilization. It is also possible that the larger iPhone 6 will be the only model with a 128GB storage capacity.

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A8 Processor

The iPhone 5s incorporates a 64-bit A7 28-nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly utilize a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC, which will be both smaller and more energy efficient. Samsung will continue to be involved in the production, however, helping to alleviate some of TSMC’s manufacturing load.

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Earlier in the year, rumors pointed towards a quad-core 64-bit processor for the A8, but a July report suggested the A8 processor may in fact be dual-core with a frequency of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. The A8 may also be limited to 1GB of RAM, the same as the A7.

 
iOS 8

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The iPhone 6 will come with iOS 8 installed, which Apple previewed in stage during the WWDC 2014 developer conference. It has revealed only a little about the software, which includes a new HealthKit app, more sharing options, tighter integration with OS X, and the introduction of widgets and third-party keyboard support.

 

Pricing

Apple’s legacy is a long line of premium devices donning premium price tags and you can expect that trend to continue with the iPhone 6. One rumor goes as far as predicting that the because the newest smartphone is set to have a larger screen, new glass covering the front and possibly even a new, more impressive, material used in construction, Apple will hike up the price of the iPhone 6, possibly by as much as $100 (around £60, AU$110). The iPhone has never been a bloater, but rumors have spread the next generation may be much thinner than ever.

iphone 6 price

 

That’s about all we have for now. As it has done for the past two years, Apple will likely launch the iPhone 6 at an event in early September, shipping the device later in the month on a corresponding Friday approximately a week after the launch event.

 


 

 

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5 Best Easter Apps

pat the bunny - easterEaster is upon us again and there are a lot of ways to enjoy this spring holiday with Easter apps for your iPhone or iPad. Decorate 3D eggs, make digital cards for loved ones, or play one of your favorite games that have added a little extra Easter flair. Here are the 5 best Easter-themed apps that are sure to get you into the Easter spirit.

 

Paint easter egg hdPaint Easter Egg HD

The first thing that many people think of during Easter is dyeing eggs. Paint Easter Egg HD is a unique iPad app that lets you enjoy the fun of dyeing eggs without the mess! Pick from 20 colors and 3 different kinds of brushes to paint your virtual eggs with, or choose from premade patterns and stickers. Easily create real artworks on a smooth 3D egg surface. Painted eggs can be shared on Facebook or sent by email. Your Eggs can also be saved to your Photos app and used as Wallpapers. Enjoy the painting and get creative!

 

Pat the Bunny

This award-winning interactive app that is perfect for little fingers and big imaginations. The app is designed especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Pat the Bunny provides 14 interactive scenes for kids to tap, swipe, and explore. This app allows kids to play hide and seek games with Bunny and transfer into paint mode for a colorable activity. Every page can be used as a coloring book. What’s funnier is that kids can “look in the mirror” using the device’s front facing camera to see him or herself in the book. In addition, it allows children to record their voice when they are playing each scene.

 

easter bunny dress up & card makerEaster Bunny Dress Up and Card Maker

This app is a festive game for the whole family. Join the Easter bunny in this hilarious dress up and card maker game. There are over 200 interactive items to dress up the Easter bunny and his egg, you can make countless combinations. With 4 holiday backgrounds to choose from, the whole family can create the perfect outfit. Make the prettiest card with interactive Easter bunny and egg stickers and add your own design with the painting feature. Easter Bunny Dress Up is the perfect way to take on the holiday spirit!

 

Hidden Egg Hunt

The Hidden Egg Hunt app provides a dose of colorful fun for the whole family. This universal app is a hidden object game that gives you the feeling of searching for eggs in your yard. The challenge is to collect as many colored Easter eggs before time runs out. There is a one minute time limit on your egg hunt, so be quick! With music, six new levels, and eleven backgrounds, this will keep children of all ages engaged. There is more to this egg hunt game than just finding brightly colored Easter eggs. You will also need to hunt and find the rare gold eggs and collect tokens to unlock additional game boards. This app is a great Easter Holiday game that adds an arcade feel to the standard look and find game.

 

egg dyeing 101 with martha stewartEgg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living

If you are interested in learning creative ways to dye your real life eggs for Easter, then this app is for you. Go beyond the familiar standard egg and create extraordinary eggs of art. It features 101 beautifully designed eggs, each with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own at home. The easy-to-follow photos and videos guide you through the whole process. Sophisticated or cute, surprising or classic, all these eggs are easy to make and impressive to display. You can also e-mail your favorite eggs to friends to say Happy Spring!

 

If you’re looking for something to keep you and your family occupied while trying not to gorge yourself on chocolate eggs, check out these Easter-themed apps.

 


 

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Top 10 Celebrity iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S Phone Users

Celebrities are certainly like the rest of us in one respect, they love their smartphones. In fact, we often see them showing off their latest phone in paparazzi pictures and when promoting their TV shows or movies. Naturally, just as their fans are so interested in their activities, they also are interested in their phones as well.

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David Beckham expresses his enjoyment of the Lakers game.

Unsurprisingly, it was easy to find the top ten celebrities who use the iPhone and those that use Samsung as their primary smartphones. Staying in touch with their fans is certainly part of their job and it’s no surprise that each celebrity has their own taste in smartphones.

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Which celebrities prefer the iPhone over the Galaxy S?

Whether you are a celebrity or just someone who has yet to be discovered, your iPhone is a valuable investment that needs to be protected. Having iPhone Insurance will mean having it repaired or replaced more quickly and with less out of pocket expense.

 

Top 10 Celebrity iPhone Users

 

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Victoria Beckham listening to her husband's text.

David & Victoria Beckham  – Arguably the greatest football player of our generation, David Beckham has thrilled sports fans around the world with his incredible talents as well as his stunning looks. What is also true is that you’ll see many photographs of Beckham using his iPhone which has become a valuable part of his personal gear. Needless to say, his wife Victoria Beckham also uses the iPhone as well.

 

Brad Pitt – Still one of the world’s sexiest men and huge movie star, Brad Pitt is a proud owner of the iPhone and is frequently photographed by paparazzi while using it.

 

Ellen Degeneres – America’s #1 daytime talk show host and now twice hosting the Academy Awards, Ellen has legions of fans around the world thanks to her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. There is little doubt that Ellen is a big iPhone fan as well, tweeting back in September upon the release of the iPhone 5C, “You guys, I just heard the new iPhone can read your mind. I didn’t even type this. I thought it.”

 

Jon Cryer – The star of the long-time running hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” is also seen frequently with his iPhone.

 

Halle Berry – This Oscar-winning actress is also a recent fan of the iPhone, having recently shifted from a Blackberry.  Needless to say, she is certainly pleased and is often seen around Hollywood talking on her new iPhone.

 

Jessica Alba – Still one of the hottest stars on the planet is another actress who has recently left her Blackberry behind for the iPhone.

 

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Taking a picture x 3.

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian: Another “two-fer” as they are avid iPhone users with Kim recently showing off her figure in a tight bikini thanks to the photo capabilities of her iPhone. Kanye also keeps his iPhone close by as well, frequently being photographed talking to his friends and family on this device.

 

Miley Cyrus – When she’s not shocking the world, Miley is posting new photos or creating tweets with her iPhone. In fact, her iPhone is arguably one reason why she has stayed in the news to support her new found fame.

 

Jimmy Fallon – The new host of the Tonight Show is also a big iPhone fan as well. In fact, he recently joked on Twitter, “There’s a new iPhone app that breaks up with your significant other. It’s called ‘Words with Let’s Just Be Friends.”

 

Lindsay Lohan – Although her recent troubles have garnered more news than her movies, Lindsay is also a well known iPhone fan as well.

 

Top 10 Celebrity Samsung Galaxy S Users

 

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Bradley Cooper is excited to have friends.

Ellen Degeneres – Yes, she is also a very famous customer of Samsung Galaxy series as well. After all, it was a Samsung smartphone that took the most retweeted selfie in history at the last Oscar ceremony. Samsung actually just sponsored the Oscar selfie as Ellen still has her iPhone, but it was close enough.

 

Ewan McGregor – The star of the recent Star Wars trilogy is also a well known user of Samsung smartphones as well.

 

Jay-Z & Beyonce – Arguably one of the biggest music stars in the world, rapper Jay-Z has also built a powerful brand that has branched out to the fashion world and beyond. Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are well known fans of the Samsung for their smartphone needs.

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Martha Stewart and Jay-Z using the Galaxy S phone in the afterlife.

Martha Stewart – Still one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet, Martha is also a proud owner of a Samsung.

 

LeBron James – The most popular basketball player since Michael Jordan, LeBron is also an avid Samsung smartphone user as well. While a spokesperson for Samsung as well, LeBron is certainly one of the most recognizable stars to use this brand.

 

Evan Rachel Wood – One of the hottest actresses today, Even Rachel Wood has also been photographed on the set of her latest films using a Samsung.

 

Nicole Sherzinger Cord Phone

Nicole Sherzinger uses a cord phone after losing her Galaxy S.

Nicole Scherzinger – Recording artist who also uses a Samsung as well representing the new wave of smartphone users who prefer this brand.

 

The Saturdays – This British/Irish all-girl group has certainly made its mark as well while also being known for using Samsung as their smartphone of choice.

 

David Ferrer – This Spanish tennis star got into a little hot water with Samsung when he tweeted its praises from his iPhone. Still, he officially uses a Samsung it seems.

 

All in all, the celebrities who use either iPhone or Samsung are often sponsored to do so, much like golfers use clubs and golf balls from particular brands as well. The power of celebrity when it comes to product promotion is certainly potent and whatever these celebrities personal preference may really be, it does come down to if they have a sponsorship or not.

Still, we will no doubt see more Samsung and iPhones being used by celebrities as long as they take photos of themselves or the paparazzi is present.

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Top Upcoming 2014 Smartphones

Consumers are excited to see the newest innovations for mobile devices from top companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and LG who are ready to surprise the world. With the success of their previous mobile devices, it is clear why they continue to explore new ways to keep their products as technologically advanced as possible. For 2014, expect more state-of-the-art features in the next generation of smartphones, ranging from flexible screens to octa-core processors.

 

iPhone 6

 

Rumor has it that another version of iPhone is already on its way, even though the iPhone 5s and 5c were recently released. This version will be launched in September 2014 – or even earlier.  It will have 2 sizes: 5 inches and 4.7 inches. The 4.7-inch is said to have a higher resolution of 1136×40-pixel display while the 5-inch is rumored to have high-end features of 1920×1080 low-temperature silicon LCD display.  This version will be made up of metal casing instead of polycarbonate as used in 5c. It is also rumored that Apple’s new iPhone will support faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and that Apple is planning “key software innovations” in iOS 8 that will be a big focus on the new iPhone.

 

As for updates on its camera feature, China Post reports that it has heard from Nomura Security, a Chinese firm, that Apple will still use the existing 8-megapixel iSight sensor present in the iPhone 5S but will make further tweaks to improve imaging quality. One such change is said to be the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS).

 

Galaxy S5

 

Samsung is looking to seriously upgrade their newest Galaxy phone as product differentiation continues to be a focal point.  The Galaxy S5 is set to launch this February or March and is rumored to have a full metal chassis instead of using polycarbonate. Moreover, it will run with a 64-bit processor, similar to what iPhone 5 has, and will have 4GB of RAM. It is assumed that this new Samsung phone may also come out in two versions, one in plastic and the other in premium metal. Other rumors circulating include a highly anticipated 16MP camera, a new LTPS LCD display, which would replace their popular AMOLED technology

 

Samsung may introduce design tweaks with the S5 TouchWiz, offering a more mature feel to its currently slightly cartoonish UI. This brand new UI could also run on a 5.25-inch QHD 2K resolution display that has recently entered production, stepping up the 5-inch Full 1080p HD screen of the S4. The QHD panel would offer a stunning resolution of 2560 x 1440p with a 560ppi image density for sublime image quality and make it king of the current smartphone displays.

 

HTC One 2 (M8)

 

The highly-rated HTC One is speculated to have a new version. The all-new HTC One 2 (M8) is expected to launch during the first quarter of this year. It is rumored to have a large 5-inch display, but some analysts believe it can go as large as 5.2 inches. It was initially speculated that the HTC One would have anocta-core processor and 3GB of RAM, but that never materialized – these features are said to be set for M8. Other features include Android 4.4 Kitkat OS, ultrapixel camera and fast Wi-Fi features. Bloomberg says there will be one huge new feature to make it stand out – the HTC M8 will come with a twin-sensor rear camera. It will be the first phone to feature a dual sensor camera. This would allow for better depth of field, better focus, and better image quality.

 

As for performance, the M8 is also expected to feature the Snapdragon 800 system chip, but in a more powerful than the currently used one variation – the MSM8974AB. That AB add-on is what signifies the upgrade and it results in higher clocks, faster memory bandwidth, and more capable graphics.

 

LG G Flex

 

LG will never be far behind in innovation. In fact, their LG G Flex is a revolutionary product. This device is scheduled to hit the European market this February. It promises an unrivalled battery life of 3500mAh and a fast 2.25 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It will have 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.  One of its most interesting features is that it can withstand a good amount of flattening, and has a scratch-resistant coating that “heals itself.” The G Flex has a curved screen that uses flexible P-OLED technology, the company says this improves video quality and boosts audio quality when held against the face, and also makes it more comfortable when the phone is slipped into a pocket.

 

These upcoming phones will surely intrigue many mobile phone enthusiasts. Check out their specifications and decide which smartphone and protection plan is best for your lifestyle.

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