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Apple's 'Misunderstood' commercial: Have yourself a merry little cry -- VIDEO

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Uh oh. You better sack up and secretly edit poignant home movies on your iPhones, pouty teens!

Apple’s new 90-second Christmas commercial just had me sobbing into my own iPhone as I went about my usual antisocial business of splaying out on the couch, ignoring this great big wondrous world around me, and playing with filters on Instagram. Here’s how good Apple commercials are: I didn’t even need to see this one to know I was already obsessed with it — much like your sulky teen won’t ever need to make real eye contact with his relatives to know and eventually show that he loves them (if you’re lucky) (and if you’ve purchased him an iPhone 5S).

Obviously, I did look up at one point… then replayed this commercial again and again. You wanna cry? READ FULL STORY

Meet the woman who's the voice of Siri -- VIDEO

Siri has a face!

Though Apple won’t confirm it, Susan Bennett — a professional voiceover artist from Georgia — is the gentle voice you hear when you ask your iPhone for the weather, the time of your next meeting, or the nearest gas station. CNN stumbled upon the scoop by accident while researching a story about Atlanta’s airport — Bennett is also a voice for Delta — and audio-forensics experts they consulted were 100 percent certain that Bennett and Siri are one and the same.

Bennett did the voice-work that would eventually became Siri in 2005, but she had no idea how it would ultimately be used. The company that hired her was called ScanSoft, which later became Nuance Communications, which Apple later licensed for some of its products… most likely including Siri. When Siri was introduced in 2011, Bennett was not aware of her contribution to the project. “A colleague e-mailed me [about Siri] and said, ‘Hey, we’ve been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn’t this you?’” said Bennett, who didn’t own a new iPhone, but subsequently went online to hear Siri. “It’s obviously me. It’s my voice.”

Click below to hear — and see — “Siri.” READ FULL STORY

Apple sells 9 million iPhone 5s in three days

Apple says shoppers snapped up 9 million of its newest iPhones since the devices were launched Friday, and that demand is exceeding supply. Its shares jumped 6 percent in premarket trading.

Apple says the two new models gave it its strongest iPhone launch ever. The company began selling the low-cost 5C and top-of-the-line 5S on Friday.

The company says demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.

Wall Street hadn’t been enthusiastic about the new models, which were unveiled earlier this month.

Shares of Apple gained $28.10, or 6 percent, to $495.51 in premarket trading. The Cupertino, Calif., company’s stock is down about 12 percent in 2013 and has lost almost third of its value over the last year.

Apple's iOS 7 rolls out: Have you upgraded yet?

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The good news for Appleholics: iOS7 is finally here!

The bad news for Appleholics: It’s not exactly here-here, at least for large numbers of disgruntled users.

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Apple announces iPhone 5C and 5S -- which will you pick?

Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5 will be replaced with two new phones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The new iPhone 5S — which has a 4-inch display and comes in black, silver, and gold — has a new chip system that should be twice as fast and Touch ID, a fingerprint security feature built into the home button that can be used to unlock the phone or make purchases.

“Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike,” Apple senior vice president Jony Ive said in a promotional video.

The 16GB model goes on sale for $199; 32GB for $299; and 64GB for $399, all with a 2-year-contract and available for purchase Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting Sept. 13.

For frugal techies, Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C. The new device, made of plastic with a 4-inch display, is available in five colors: green, white, blue, red, and yellow. At a cost of $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model with a two-year-contract, the Apple iPhone 5C will go on sale at the same time as the 5S.

The iPhone’s camera is getting a major upgrade, as Apple has increased the pixels to 1.5u to capture more light.

Apple also announced details of its completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will be ready for download on Sept. 18. Having a hard time choosing? Try the new iPhone 5F, as promo’d by the folks over at Funny or Die:
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Apple to unveil new iPhone models? What we want to see

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On Sept. 10, Apple is holding an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California to reportedly unveil new models of the iPhone, from a standard upgrade for the iPhone 5 to a brand new model that’s meant to be more affordable for those in developing regions. The event will also feature the release of an overhaul to the iOS mobile operating system, according to Bloomberg.

All that sounds great and fancy, but what does it really mean for those of us with iPhones? Well, iOS7 has been introduced with a number of new features, including a Control Center, a Notification Center, and better multitasking (so all of those commercials can finally stop). It also promises an overall more organized experience when it come to things such as photos, and easier sharing with AirDrop, which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to share anything from an app. And did we mention the more colorful screen?

So far so good. But considering my iPhone is pretty much my best friend at this point, there are a few other adjustments I’d really like to see: READ FULL STORY

iPhone, meet your match? Samsung announces Galaxy Music smartphone

It’s a communication contraption! It’s an mp3 player! No — it’s Samsung’s new smartphone, a mobile device designed specifically for music lovers. The Galaxy Music boasts a host of features sure to please audiophiles — dual stereo speakers, built-in FM radio, a state-of-the-art Sound Retrieval System meant to mimic 5.1 surround sound, and SoundAlive technology, which “intelligently makes automatic adjustments to sound quality by analyzing the source.” Sounds simultaneously Jetsons awesome and 2001: A Space Odyssey terrifying.

The Galaxy Music runs on the Android 4.0 operating system — adorably called Ice-Cream Sandwich — making it a great option for anyone who loves music but doesn’t want to be led to their death by Apple Maps. But even those who have sworn off physical Apple products will likely be using iTunes to populate their shiny new Samsung phones; it’s going to be tough for any other tech company to encroach on Apple’s musical monopoly.

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View of the World from 9th Avenue... as seen on Apple Maps

It’s easy to make a snarky joke about Apple Maps, the Google Maps replacement that has single-appedly transformed a nation of happy-go-lucky iPhone users into ravaging hordes who roam the earth like feral dogs and yearn, hopelessly, for death. (See what I mean?)

But it takes real skill to create a unique take on MapGate. And strangely enough, that take was recently posted on MAD Magazine‘s blog.

That’s right: The people who brought you “Smellville” have hit home with the following parody, which reimagines Saul Steinberg’s classic “View of the World from 9th Avenue” New Yorker cover as drawn by Apple Maps. The Mississippi has replaced the Hudson, the Equator is squatting where New Jersey should be, and Wasilla, Alaska appears instead of Washington, DC. It’s a great send-up that gets extra points for being so meticulously composed; check out how similar it is to the original by comparing it to Steinberg’s cover after the jump.

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Apple apologizes for decimating the infrastructure of modern society with apocalyptic Maps application

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One week ago, dystopian techno-despotic megacorporation Apple effectively stunted the evolution of human society with the introduction of a new operating system — named “iOS 6,” as in “iOS 666,” as in Satan — which replaced beloved cartography system Google Maps with a far more insidious in-house application. Called simply “Maps,” the application was filled with images from a fearsome Bizarro-Earth where Portland was a nature preserve, Europe was accessible on the 405 freeway, and the North American landbridge never sank back into the ocean. A generation of smart phone users — incapable of holding more than two directions in their mind at once — found themselves wandering the streets of our once-great society, hunted, despised, living like animals. Home? We had no home. According to Apple, our home was only accessible by going northeast on a southbound dirt road and taking a left turn at the Yangtze River Valley. READ FULL STORY

Huge iPhone 5 demand pushes Apple stock over $700

Apple’s stock closed above $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone¬†5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours. Shares closed at $701.91 Tuesday, up $2.13 from Monday’s close. They rose as high as $702.33 in afternoon trading Tuesday. The rally in Apple’s stock price puts the company’s market value at $658 billion.

The $700 mark is somewhat of an arbitrary milestone for Apple’s stock, representing little more than a nice round number and a record high trading level. The company, after all, already enjoys the distinction as the world’s most valuable public company ever, at least if one ignores inflation. Google Inc., its Silicon Valley neighbor, saw its stock price surpass $700 in 2007. On Tuesday, Google’s stock was trading at $712.28. But the online search leader’s market capitalization is well below Apple’s at $236.4 billion. READ FULL STORY

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