Although most of the rumors we’ll be hearing over the next couple of weeks will likely tread on old ground, the fact that we’ve official confirmation of the iPhone 6 event places renewed emphasis on whatever is divulged. For example, it has long since been suggested that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be pricier than the current-generation iPhone 5s, but with carriers now coming through with figures for the retail run of the fruit company’s impending handset, we perhaps didn’t realize just how much more it will be costing.

Through the last few generations of iOS, Apple has looked to pool certain aspects of its mobile operating systems into unified, easy-to-manage hubs. First it was the Notification Center of iOS 5, and back in September, we finally got system-wide access to toggles with the Control Center. But the Mac maker could certainly do with adding a few more of these systems across the platform, and one third-party offering seeks to simplify the process of contacting folk and sending messages.

Although many of us have now adapted to the idea of a touch-based keyboard, there are still limitations to this feature. One of the glaringly obvious caveats is that when a keyboard is in use, it can often command half of a device’s display real estate, and in some instances, we’re forced to cease typing in order to review the content we’ve written or are replying to. Inconvenient indeed, but the author of the Minuum keyboard, which has a popular following on Android, has pledged its name to the long list of developers porting products over to iOS 8, and with it, confirmed that it will include a neat feature that will see the keyboard adjust in height.

Earlier on today, Apple confirmed the news that the blogosphere had long since suspected – that the special iPhone 6 / iWatch event would indeed be held in 13 days’ time on September 9th. Wasting little time, preparations for the keynote are already well under way, and although the Cupertino company is doing its level best to keep everything under wraps, those in the know have already begun trying to piece together what’s in store.

With today having finally seen the announcement of the iPhone 6 event, I’m sure many of you will be looking to stock up on iOS apps and games ready for the official announcement. We’re just a couple of weeks away from seeing what’s next, and with the device itself likely to set you back a fair amount, you can save some extra pennies by grabbing these paid apps gone free. As usual, we’ve a nice little bundle, and below, you’ll find descriptions and download links of each and every one.

For a while now, it has been suggested that Apple will strengthen the front panel of the upcoming iPhone 6 with sapphire glass, but while there have been conflicting reports indicating that only some variants of the impending handset would indulge, one analyst has come through with something a little more clarifying. Apparently, every single model of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6L will be laden in the clearer, more robust sapphire glass material, while only a portion of the 4.7-inch inventory will follow suit.

Microsoft’s Xbox One isn’t a slick as it might have been, and although we’re expecting revised design and coloring options to trickle out over the next few years, one concept maker has come through with something rather special. The matte black finish, which is curved and rounded off to complement the design of the all-new Xbox One controller, has us wishing it were real, and below, you can check it out for yourself.

Apple has just sent out the press invitations for the special iPhone 6 event, and as has been suspected for a number of weeks now, it will fall on September 9th. Of course, we don’t yet know precisely what the tech giant has up its sleeve, but with the showcasing having now been confirmed, we won’t have to wait too much longer for the big reveal.

With the iPhone 6 now said to be less than two weeks from announcement, leaks pertaining to the device are aplenty, and today, we get an up-close look at several key components including the embedded Apple logo, improved speaker module and revised Touch ID fingerprint sensor. All of the image are of very high quality, and below, you can check them out.

Although we’re still waiting on the Apple iWatch and the myriad of vendors set to push out smartwatches on Android Wear, Samsung has been incredibly busy over the past twelve months. Having launched the less than appealing Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy Note 3 at last year’s IFA, the Korean outfit then went on and showcased the Gear 2 and Gear Fit at the Mobile World Congress, and with the Gear Live announced for Android Wear at I/O, the company is still not done. For a while, it has been rumored that Sammy would unveil a device packing its own data connection, unlike the current fleet of smartphone-dependent watches, and today, the cellular Gear S has been officially unveiled.

Earlier this month, we learned that the famed BioShock was to be released on Apple’s iOS, and after a few weeks of making the final preparations, the iconic title is now ready to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

A large, captive audience made up of technology enthusiasts, critics, analysts and media professionals will descend on the German capital next week to meet and greet the newest tech from around the world, but it seems like next week is too far away for LG, resulting in the company jumping the gun and revealing the scoop on one of the best kept secrets we’ve seen for a while, the LG G Watch R.

Apple looks poised to break several long-standing habits when it unleashes the iPhone 6 at some point in the next few weeks, and among them, the Cupertino company will apparently roll out near-field communication, or NFC. Although numerous Android vendors have offered this little piece of hardware for a good couple of generations now, Apple may finally indulge in a feature that enables, for example, the processing of mobile payments. Yet while some reports have indicated that only the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone will get NFC, a new report instead suggests that both models of iPhone 6 will be treated to this technology.

Microsoft made a brave, if not reckless call in the run-up to the release of the Xbox One, and in honesty, the decision to bundle the Kinect peripheral in as a standard feature was just one of many suspect choices that might have contributed to Sony’s early lead with the PlayStation 4. The fact that Xbox One owners got a motion-sensing camera that they didn’t necessarily want was not the main issue, but rather the price – at $100 more than the PS4 – made the normally arduous decision for fence-sitters just that little bit easier. After stringing it out for a few months, the software giant finally caved in and offered the Xbox One sans Kinect for a price comparable to that of its major competitor, and as of October 7th, those who’d retrospectively like to buy the popular accessory will be able to.

If you’re on the lookout for some new apps and games for your iOS device but also like to save money, then our range of hand-picked daily deals has you nicely covered. In yet another installment of paid apps gone free, we’ve a list of almost $20 worth, and for the descriptions and download links, be sure to join us after the break!

With Samsung having already rolled out a handful of smartwatches and several other companies jumping on the Android Wear bandwagon, it’s strongly suspected that Apple will also come through with its first smartwatch at some point later this year. For the most part, it has been suggested that the ‘iWatch’ would arrive after the small matter of the iPhone 6 and iPad refresh had been resolved, but now, a very reliable source has indicated that a new wearable will also be on the agenda for September 9th.

If you’re carrying around an iOS device and have even a passing interest in video or the phenomenon that is Instagram then you’ll probably want to check out its latest app if you haven’t already. Called Hyperlapse, the iOS-only app can record time-lapse video that’s ridiculously stable and looks, in all honesty, absolutely terrific.

Apple’s iPhone 6 has been leaked incessantly over the past few months, and despite having had many close-up looks at the revised form factor, a new head-to-head video pitting the device up against the iPhone 5s shows just how much work the Cupertino giant has put into improvements this time around. Unfortunately, but as we’d expect at this stage, the iPhone 6 isn’t fully operational, but nevertheless, you get a rough idea of what it’ll be like to hold.

A Chinese smartphone repair firm has leaked what appears to be the two new True Tone flash units that Apple will use on both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models.

A new report suggests that Apple is planning to add to its MacBook line-up in the near future, although doesn’t offer specifics on when said notebook will actually release. Apparently, the thinner MacBook Air, which may also be Retina-fied, may emerge either late this year or early next, and given how svelte the current model already is, it’ll be interesting to see if and how Apple manages to shave anything off.

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