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Apple Daily: No More 16 GB iPhones?; Back-to-School Promo Update; On-Demand NFL

A little annoyed that Apple is still releasing iPhones that start with 16 GB of storage in 2015? If a report from China is correct, you won’t have to worry any longer. Elsewhere, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts hints that the Cupertino company might be preparing some kind of Back-to-School promo after all, and the NFL is releasing a new on-demand streaming option for iOS and Apple TV.

Apple May Start with 32GB Storage with ‘iPhone 6s’

A common criticism of the iPhone in recent years is that Apple has been amiss in making the base units contain a mere 16 GB (and, the horror, the iPhone 5c’s 8 GB) in a age when contemporary apps and media fill that up in no time. Those days may soon be gone, though, according to a new report from MIC Gadget in China (via 9to5Mac), which claims the upcoming so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus won’t have 16 GB models. Instead, they’ll come in tiers of 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB.

This isn’t mere analyst speculation; the news allegedly comes from sources inside Foxconn, one of Apple’s primary manufacturers for the iPhone.

“Some Foxconn insiders confirmed that new iPhone 6s (and we think all ‘future iPhone’ like iPhone 7) will have 32GB and more capacity,” the report says. “We can’t tell you from what Foxconn’s department we received information, but we can only say that the packaging of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t have sticker with ’16GB capacity’, but 32, 64, 128.”

That sounds sketchy at best, so it looks like we’ll have to wait for more leaks for confirmation. The way things have been this year, though, that shouldn’t be a problem.

 

Apple’s Back-to-School Promos Not Dead, According to Ahrendts Video

Apple’s Back-to-School promotions are a little overdue, which lead to widespread speculation last week that Apple was preparing to discontinue offers such as free iPods and -0 gift cards with substantial purchases in the weeks before classes start again. But that’s maybe not entirely the case, according to the most recent of the weekly videos sent out by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts (via Consomac.fr). Employees, in fact, should hear something sometime this week.

“I’m sure many of you are thinking also ‘but is there anything else for Back to School?’ ” Ahrendts said in the video. “Well, I need you to wait until next week’s video and I’ll share a little bit more insight with you then.”

As the video was from last week, it’s likely we’ll hear something in the coming days. Of course, it’s possible that whatever she announces won’t be an actual Back-to-School promotion, but the report notes that her tone suggests customers will be getting at least some kind of deal.

 

NFL Bringing On-Demand Games Coverage to Apple Devices

The cable-free revolution continues apace, as the NFL is on the verge of offering on-demand football game viewing to users of its mobile app. The app, called Game Pass, will allow users to watch all 256 games from the regular season through the app as well as though Apple TV. As a bonus, you’ll get to watch all games from regular seasons since 2009 as well as out-of-market pre-season games.

It’s also friendly to viewers who want to avoid spoilers before they watch a game, as you can turn off scores for games that you haven’t watched. Short on time? You can also watch condensed versions of games that last only 30 minutes. Seeking a bit more interactivity? You can check out exclusive camera angles from All-22 and EndZone. All this, and in HD and without commercials.

Some of these features have been available through the NFL’s Game Rewind (which isn’t available on Apple TV), but that service will cease to be on July 31 in order to make way for Game Pass. There’s currently no word on how much the Game Pass service will cost.

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