The 5S was officially revealed as the latest iPhone model which will go on pre-sale 9/13 and sale on 9/20. Besides being produced in a lavish Gold color (also available in silver and gray), a very beefed-up processor is among the notable major upgrades. Now able to run 64-bit apps, the A7 chip boasts performance speeds 5X’s faster than the iPhone 5 and 56X’s the original iPhone. A new fingerprint scanning home button will relieve users of unlocking their iPhones with a pin code and an updated camera features two LED flashes, burst mode, and slow-motion video capture. Starting at $199 with 16 GB of storage, the 32GB and 64GB versions will run you $299 and $399 respectively.
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The Square Mobile Card Reader will allow you to swipe credit cards into your smartphone or tablet, and the Square Register App makes it super easy to turn your device into a customizable checkout register. Perfect for the traveling businessman or even a chain of retail stores swapping out oldschool registers for iPads, Square Register accepts all major credit cards and has a simple pricing plan – either 2.75% per transaction or a flat $275 monthly fee. Compatible cash drawers and receipt printers are also available.
For those looking for a charging case for their iPhone 5, look no further. iBattz is now releasing their Mojo Refuel iPhone 5 Case which comes with two interchangeable 2200 mAh I9300 Battery Modules. Also included is an extra USB charger which allows you to charge the second battery while the first is being used inside the Refuel case. Ships March 15.
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What if your iPad smart cover had a fully functional keyboard and trackpad incorporated into it? Well, apparently Microsoft asked that same question when developing their new Surface tablet. Available in two versions, one running on Windows 8 the others Windows RT, the Surface features a 10.6″ HD touchscreen display, two cameras, USB port, and SD slot for additional storage. No release date or price yet from Microsoft, but it’ll definitely be interesting to see how this new device with its 3mm thick magnetic connecting keyboard impacts the iPad dominated tablet market.
If you’re looking for something between an iPad and iPod touch, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This 7″ screen mobile tablet is bigger than a phone, but still easy to tote around. Running off of the Android platform with a 1GHz processor, you’ll be able to surf the web, read books, play games, and much more. Monthly or pay-as-you-go data plans from T-Mobile will keep you connected, and Wi-Fi can be used in hot spots. A rear 3-MP camera supports photo and video, and a 1.3-MP front camera is also included for video chatting.
GET IT: $650