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If you’re in ownership of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and looking for some decent deals on great apps, then we have a bumper list of savings below. Make no mistake, featured in this run-down are some of the very best apps in the business, and thanks to the App Store’s ‘Get Productive’ initiative, most of those featured will actually help you to get stuff done rather than melt your brain.

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There has been on-off talk of Apple’s larger, so-called ‘iPad Air Plus’ for some time now, with initial rumors stretching back well over a year. But with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro series and, of course, the monstrosity that is the Surface Pro 3, there’s a real feeling that Apple will finally cave at some point this year, although what a slate with a ~12-inch display means for the MacBook line remains unclear. Still, a new case leak offers a possible glimpse as to the shape and size of this upcoming slab, as well as where the numerous switches, buttons and ports may reside.

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iOS 9 for iPhone 6 benchmarks have just surfaced online, suggesting the test build is out in the wild. More details can be found here.

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Here are all the details you need to know about iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. This includes details regarding jailbreak, bug fixes, amount of space it takes up and more.

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Although iOS, Android and Windows Phone all compete in the ongoing battle of the mobile platforms, it still makes sense for each of their respective vendors to create and maintain apps that serve a wider audience beyond their own ecosystems. Sure, Apple’s only charitable donation to the Play Store and Windows Phone Store is the inherited Beats Music at this point, but Microsoft is a lot more generous in this regard, and adding to a fleet of utilities already available at the App and Google Play Stores, the software giant has just dropped an official Outlook app for both iOS and Android, which is actually a rebranded and toned up Acompli app that it acquired back in December of last year. Full details, as well as those all-important download links, can be seen after the leap.

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Here are the top 6 super clever uses or things you can do with your spare old iPhone which you might have lying around. For more details, head past the jump.

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Things are moving rather swiftly as far as Apple Pay is concerned. Announced in September and launched one month later, the contactless system has rolled out across numerous outlets, with a number of banks and retailers having jumped on the bandwagon, and now, more than 200,000 amenities such as vending machines, kiosks and parking pay stations will be joining the party.

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may only be a few months old, but already, the tech world has begun speculating on what’s next. It’s not uncommon for this to be the case, particularly in the smartphone industry, and in fact, talk of the “iPhone 6s” or “iPhone 7″ has been prevalent since the arrival of the latest models way back in September. Given that we’re now approaching the halfway point of the iPhone 6′s shelf life, it actually makes sense to assess where Apple may next take its prized asset, and one designer has pulled together some renders that have us hoping that the Cupertino company is watching.

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Apple’s impressive past few months in business was made clear for all to see at yesterday’s earnings call, and while confirming the passing of the one billion mark in terms of iOS devices sold, CEO Tim Cook also dished some specific details on iPhone sales. With almost 74.5 million iPhone units shifted over the holiday quarter, Cook also told of how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus prompted the highest number of Android switchers for three years, while also adding that the latest models have prompted record numbers of new iPhone customers – those who’ve never previously owned an Apple smartphone in the past.

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Before Apple’s earnings call tonight, we knew that the company was going to come through with the big numbers. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold in monumentally high volumes during those first few weeks and months on sale, and the rampant shipments have certainly hindered rivals such as Samsung. Amid the fanfare, the Mac maker has also revealed that since 2007, it has shifted one billion iOS devices, which is a phenomenal achievement and shows the continued strength of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch line up.

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iOS 8.1.3 Pangu, TaiG and PP jailbreak exploits for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been patched by Apple with the release of this new firmware today. More details can be found right here past the jump.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update is now available to download for all Macs out there. The complete changelog, and details on where to download it from can be found right here.

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iOS 8.1.3 download links, which includes bug fixes and minor performance enhancements, has just been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and we’ve all the details right here under one roof.

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These are the top best slim and thin minimal cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which you can buy right now. More details and complete list can be found right here.

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If you’re a fan of RPGs and waking up on time, then have we got an app for you! A new alarm app doubles up a passive RPG, featuring a pixel art robot that sleeps when you do, wakes when you do, and lives a parallel life venturing through fields, valleys and peninsulas while you work your comparatively normal job.

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The so-called “iPad Air Plus,” a bit like the supposedly impending Retina MacBook Air, has been rumored ad nauseam over the past year or two, and despite the Cupertino company’s preoccupation with several other products including Apple Watch, reports still indicate that a larger tablet will be hitting the scene in the very near future. To keep the pool of ideas well stocked, one of our favorite designers has come through with some new renders of the elusive slate, which, notably, includes a stylus.

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Apple’s iCloud Web service has been treated to one or two housekeeping updates, including an all-new zoom feature and, more notably, the ability to send photos through email à la iOS. Full details after the break.

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Apple Pay is being picked up rather swiftly by iOS users, helping to push the wider market for contactless payments. Boosted by Apple’s apparent ability to get users to update software sooner rather than later, a number of big-name retailers and financial institutions are already on board, and as a part of this ongoing process, MasterCard will be throwing in some decent perks to PGA Tour attendees processing transactions via Apple Pay.

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Here’s a list of the top weird cases for iPhone which you can buy today. More details can be found right here past the jump.

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Wi-Fi hotspots are incredibly common nowadays, and you don’t even have to be in the most built-up of areas to find a connectable router. But there are still those occasions where a hotspot cannot be found, or an apparently public network is closed off by means of a password, and rather than leaving you to ask around for those magical characters, there’s an app that allows users to submit networks and passwords for the wider audience to utilize. Networks are plotted on a map, meaning you can move around towards nearby hotspots, and when you’re within range, password details are provided on tap.

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