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Amazon-listed cases confirm iPhone 5C name and design

Popular iPhone case maker SPIGEN has launched a series of cases and a screen protector for the heavily rumored affordable iPhone 5C. This acts as a pretty serious confirmation that the phone does exist and we're likely to see it make an appearance alongside the iPhone 5S next month.

SPIGEN has also uploaded a bunch of marketing photos of their cases featuring iPhone 5C renders. Its photos align almost too perfectly with the recent leaks the device got during the past couple of weeks, so it might also be a cheap publicity stunt.

There's one difference though - according to those exact leaks, the iPhone 5C lacks the silence mode switch, but as we can see from SPIGEN's image below it's present and is placed exactly where you'd expect it to be - above the volume rocker.

If a report by AllthingsD is to be believed, Tim Cook and his trusty VPs are going to announce both the new iPhone lineup at an event on September 10. And if SPIGEN's Amazon listing is correct we can expect the smartphone to go on sale on September 20.

Apple iPhone 5C SPIGEN protective cases

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Analyst: Apple iPhone sales to hit 62 million in Q4

Apple will be reporting its second-quarters results on Tuesday and the Cupertino giants are predicted to have sold 26 million units, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

The analyst also estimates the iPhone sales to be just 24 million for the third-quarter, which is less than the 26.9 million sold over the Q3, 2013. Surprisingly, that number also includes the sales of the upcoming iPhone 5S, which will probably hit the shelves before the next quarter runs out.

However, the Apple iPhone sales are expected to get a huge boost by the much-anticipated budget iPhone, during the holiday season. According to the analyst, Apple might sell 62 million iPhones during the fourth quarter with the budget iPhone accounting for no less than 12 million units.

Wall Street also expects Apple to reach the 50 million mark in the last quarter, but the general consensus is significantly lower than Gene Munster's predicitions.


Analyst: Apple will launch 128GB iPhone 5S

It is all but certain that Apple will be unveiling two new iPhone models, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, on September 10. Both devices have been leaked numerous times and have provided us some valuable information and now, we have an interesting prediction from a popular analyst, who claims that Apple will be launching a 128 GB model of iPhone 5S.

According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will also be selling its iPhone 5S with a whopping 128 GB of storage. If the predictions from the analyst, who has been quite accurate in the past, turn out to be true, then iPhone 5S will be the second Apple product after iPad 4 to feature the massive storage capacity.

The 128 GB model of the iPhone 5S would cost $499 (on contract) under the Apple's current pricing scheme.

Ming-Chi Kuo also expects the upcoming iPhone to be powered by a new A7 chip that features 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The latest chip is said to be built on the ARMv8 architecture and will be 20% more energy efficient than previous A6 SoC.

The analyst also confirms that the iPhone 5S will indeed house an upgraded camera with bright F/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. This means that the iPhone 5S camera should have better low-light performance than the previous models.

Lastly, Apple is also expected to unveil a gold color option for the iPhone 5S in addition to the classical Black and White paintjobs.


Analyst: Lumia 1020 sales "modest at best", Xperia Z sales too

The pre-order campaign for the Nokia Lumia 1020, the WP8 flagship with a monster 41MP camera, started and ended pretty quickly, selling out at the AT&T online store in just a couple of days.

But how is it doing at AT&T's brick and mortar stores? William Power from financial services firm R.W. Baird made some calls to AT&T stores and asked sales reps about the Lumia 1020. Almost all of them praised the hardware, specifically the PureView camera, but said that sales were "modest at best". To be fair, the 1020 only hit stores on Friday.

The calls were made on Friday and Saturday, not long after the launch but while Power admits it's still the early days, he says it "feels like an uphill battle for Nokia and Windows".

Reps pointed to the high price - $300 with a 2-year contract

Android 4.3 rolling out for Galaxy S4 and One Google Play edition

The Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are receiving an OTA update that will upgrade them to Android 4.3.

The update arrives merely a week after it was officially announced and started rolling out for the Nexus devices. In fact, many of the Nexus devices are still to receive the update, so you can say the Google Play editions are more or less on par with the Nexus devices in terms of receiving updates.

When Google announced the Google Play edition of the S4, they promised quick updated along with a stock Android experience. These are two of the main reasons to get these devices over their standard versions that come with OEM customizations and are bound to receive the 4.3 update much, much later.

The Android 4.3 update was announced last week at an event, alongside the new Nexus 7 tablet and the Chromecast media streaming device. Although not a major update, it brings features such as restricted user profiles (only on tablets), Bluetooth Low Energy profile, virtual surround sound, autocomplete for dialpad, improved keyboard, OpenGL ES 3.0 support and a handful of other things. You can find a list of Android 4.3 features here.

Over and above these features, the Android 4.3 update enables Bluetooth tethering on the Galaxy S4 and the IR port on the One.

You can check out our review of the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 and the One here and here, respectively.


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