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Apple Daily: Apple to Sell Unlocked iPhone 6; iDevices Announces HomeKit Plug

A new year is here, but you’ll have to wait a little while longer if you want to learn just how much Apple raked in while shoppers were filling their stockings with iPhones and MacBooks — January 27, to be exact. For now, though, we’ve got some good news about SIM-free iPhones and Apple’s HomeKit in our first Apple Daily news roundup for 2015.

Apple to Start Offering SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units in Apple Stores Tomorrow

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you already have access to a unlocked, SIM-free iPhone. Lucky you! But for the rest of us, Apple will start selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units directly from its physical and online retail stores starting tomorrow, according to 9to5Mac.

That’s especially good news for frequent travelers, as the unlocked, SIM-free phones allow you to switch out cards as needed anywhere in the world without having to worry about the occasionally hefty fees associated with sticking with one carrier.

According to MacRumors, however, Apple’s been selling these unlocked phones for months now as long as the consumer buys the device at its full retail price, although the Cupertino company hasn’t been marketing it as such.

And that remains the catch. You’ll have to buy the iPhones at full price, which means you’ll end up paying 9/9/9 for the 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6, or 9/9/9 for the 16/64/128 GB of the iPhone 6 Plus. In the right circumstances, though, it’s certainly worth it.

iDevices Released ‘Switch’ for HomeKit, Allowing Remote Control of Appliances

Apple’s HomeKit service for iOS isn’t quite the Jetsons-style automation service that many commentators imagined it would be, but it’s nifty nonetheless. Visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 today got a glimpse into what awaits us in the future with the service with iDevices’ new “Switch” plug, which lets users controls many lights and appliances throughout their homes with Siri.

iDevices calls Switch the “the world’s first HomeKit-enabled plug,” and it works by plugging an object such as a bedside lamp into the Switch and then controlling the object through Siri on an iPhone. The Siri voice controls thus allow Switch users to bypass the extra cumbersome step of opening a dedicated app to use it. If everything’s set up properly, you can tell Siri to “turn off the lights in the bedroom” and off they’ll go.

Switch is small, too: iDevices demonstrated today that it only takes up one socket on a traditional American wall panel. You can access it through both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it doesn’t need to work through a central hub. Pricing isn’t available yet, but you can sign up for more information over at the official site for Switch (at the bottom).

Apple to Livestream Q1 2015 Earnings Call on Jan. 27

Apple’s next quarterly earning report should be full of big numbers and good news for investors, and the Cupertino company announced today that it will livestream audio from the conference call to the public on Tuesday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. EST.

During the Q1 earnings call last year, Apple reported that it had earned revenues of billion based on the sales of 39 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs. Considering the massive popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the last couple of months, the company is easily poised to beat those most of those figures for the upcoming report.

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