Apple Media event on September 9th is confirmed!

Thanks to the lovely guys over at The Loop, we have for you the official invitation to the upcoming Apple media event – confirming that a big announcement will be made by Apple on September 9th.


The event is highly anticipated and expected to be unveiling two new models of the iPhone 6 and their new wearable tech product, currently referred to as the iWatch.


The invitations carry the tagline “Wish we could say more.”



The event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of De Anza College in Cupertino.


The Flint center hasn’t been used by Apple for a long time, but is the same location where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac 30 years ago and holds a lot more people than the usual venues Apple uses for it’s announcements. Apple seems to be building a huge, highly guarded structure on the campus in preparation for the announcement on the 9th.


We sense something major coming this way…


It hasn’t been confirmed if Apple will be streaming the event or not ( we hope so) but we will keep you up to date to everything we know when we know it!


11 days 15 hours 35 minutes until the unveiling!


iWatch very likely to be unveiled September 9Th!



Exciting Apple rumors have intensified today amongst those who have previously proven to be in the know, as well as others, leading many to believe that the long awaited and highly anticipated iWatch will indeed be unveiled alongside the new iPhone on September 9th.


Say Wahhhhhhat?


That’s right. The guys over at Re/Code and many others are saying that come September 9th, the world will be shown 2 new iPhones and – One more thing – The iWatch.


It is believed that although the iPhone will then be released to the public roughly 10 days later, the iWatch won’t be available until later this year or even early 2015 ( we personally think that it will be available in time for Christmas shopping, but we’ve been wrong before).


Click here to see what to expect from the iWatch, and stay tuned for more rumors as we hear them about the upcoming iPhone 6 models AND the iWatch!




iWatch mock up photo by Brett Jordan Via is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Apple might replace your iPhone 5 battery?




Have you found that your iPhone 5 isn’t running as well as you thought it would? Getting sctick at the playground/water cooler for your phone battery always dying? Have you become one of those people who always has to ask for chargers? Well, we could have some good news for you.


If you purchased your iPhone 5 between September 2012 and January 2013, you may be part of the very small percentage of people who who were sold devices with faulty batteries and who are now eligible for a free battery replacement from Apple.


If your phone is experiencing battery problems and is otherwise in working order, go on over to Apple’s eligibility website here, fill in your device’s serial number and WHAMMO you can see if you’re eligible for battery replacement.


To find your serial number, tap Settings > General > About.


If you are eligible, there are a number of options for replacing the battery listed so you can find the best option for you.


Congratulations! You might not be that guy anymore! Hooray!




Low Battery by Paul Swansen is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Changes in California smartphone laws

A new law, State Sen. Mark Leno’s Smartphone Theft Prevention Act (Senate Bill 962), was signed into California law on Monday indicating a change that will hopefully prevent the massive amounts of cell-phone theft that has been plaguing the state.


After July 1st, 2015, every smartphone sold in in California must by law be equipped with default theft deterrent technology that will render the phone useless to the thief if stolen, eradicating the incentive to steal smartphones almost completely (unless said thief knows a super great place to sell smartphone parts) as well as the violence that comes along with such robberies.


The law dictates that every smartphone sold in California (online or in store) no matter where it was manufactured, must come with a default kill switch that when activated, will remotely turn off the phone and erase it’s contents, being able to withstand a hard reset or operating system downgrade, henceforth making it useless. There must also be the ability to turn it back on by the owner of the phone if the phone was found to be misplaced instead of stolen.


Authorized users also will have the opportunity  to opt out and turn the kill switch feature off, which, just like the iCloud lock, you will have to remember to do if you are selling or giving your smartphone away!


So, good news? Well, we think it’s awesome news that people are trying and succeeding in changing technology laws in an effort to enhance public safety, certainly. But will this effort decrease the amount of robberies in California? We can only hope, and wait and see.






iPhone Antidote can now pay you in Bitcoin!





In an industry first and JUST in time for the release of the iPhone 6, we are very pleased to announce that we can now pay you in BITCOIN for your stinky old iPhone!


This is the perfect time of year to sell you old, broken, or water damaged iPhone so that you can get some cash to go right ahead and get the shiny new iPhone 6! Either of them! Or both of them! (The iPhone 6, if you haven’t been following, is believed to be coming in two sizes – 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch.) The new iPhone will be announced on September 9th and is believed to be released the following 19th September which is sooooo sooooooon.


Which is why we got our butts into gear and got to work so that we could offer the wildest range of payment options in the tech buyback industry! 


If you sell your iPhone to us, you can now be paid via Check, PayPal or the crypto-currency Bitcoin.


Bitcoin originally started as a peer-to-peer payment system in 2009, and although unregulated by a central bank or entity, Bitcoin is now beginning to be accepted widely in the commercial marketplace, from pizza here in San Francisco, to flights in Europe, electronics at TigerDirect, furniture at and even in the real estate market.  


Bitcoin is an especially good payment option for our customers here at iPhone Antidote since the payments are INSTANT and completely irreversible. You don’t need to wait for the check to clear or for the PayPal funds to be available and once the funds are in your account, they’re staying there.


Sweet, right?


We want to give you guys the best service possible, which means keeping up with the innovations of the tech arena and giving you the best payment options, just in time for the release of the new iPhone! Because we LOVE you guys!


EVEN BETTER is that you will get a $10 bonus when you enter in the promo code ‘bitcoin10′ and choose bitcoin as your payment method. This offer is for a limited time only, but will continue over the MOST IMPORTANT time, i.e., the release of the new iPhone. Get in on this deal before September 30th, 2014.


To find out more about Bitcoin, go here!  And to start the process of selling your iPhone to us, click on over here! Get an instant quote, prepaid mailer to your door and MONEY in your hot little hands in days!




App of the day!




One of the biggest pet peeves in life has only existed since we started carrying around those little computers in our pockets. Twenty years ago, if you tried to contact someone, you would knock on their door, write them a letter or ring them on their landline. If there was no answer to any of those things, you would assume that they were somewhere else at that moment, or that your reply letter was in the mail.




Now, when you contact someone, you know there is a very, very good chance that they see that you’re contacting them. And if there is no reply, then there is a very good chance that they are ignoring you. Or busy, yes, but sometimes you just know that they’re ignoring you those heartless bastards.


And that is annoying.


Now, for better or worse, someone has created an app to change all of this. It has the potential to be kind of mean, but considering it was made specifically with children ignoring parents in mind, it’s pretty ingenious and comes from a best hearted kind of place.


A mom from Houston, Sharon Standifird worked with developers to create the app called ‘Ignore no more’. If a child is ignoring texts and/or calls from a parent, it gives the parents control over the child’s smartphone, shutting down their ability to do anything on the phone except call 911 and access a list of pre-approved contacts, which they must call  in order to receive the password to unlock their phone.


This of course could get a lil’ messy if it falls into the hands of the wrong people. We can think of a few people who could benefit from their phone shutting down when they ignore us…  Does that make us the wrong people? I think it does…


Ignore No More costs $1.99 and whilst currently only available for Androids, the iPhone version is in the works and will be released soon, so keep an eye out for it!




Accessory of the day

Ever get worried that you’re spending too much time with your eyes on your phone in the car? Yes, we all know that it is against the law as well as sensibility to hold or do anything with your phone when you’re driving. That’s what our trusty sidekicks are for, right? ( The one’s with the capes not the technology).


Sometimes though, especially when you’re alone in the car, it is very tempting if you’re expecting or receiving an important call or a message to sneak a peek. Alongside that, we have our NAV systems, which whilst legal and a lot safer, still keep your eyes away from where it really should be.


Road safety is SUPER important and any technology that supports that is a good one in our books! And so we come to our Accessory of the day  - future edition. The Navdy.






Currently only available for Pre-order, it’s a device that sits on the dash in front of your steering wheel with a Head-Up Display (HUD) which  projects information as if it’s floating six feet in front of you.  It connects to your phone and is controlled by both by voice and touchless gesture control. It’s a NAV system and a way to interact with your phone ( phone calls, Messages, music)  without needing to look away from the road.  It looks, well, ultra cool.






Check out the preview video here. You can Pre-order right now and for the next 14 days for $299.  After that the price will bounce back up to $499. The device will ship early 2015.





Deal of the day! MacBook Edition



A while back we told you guys about an excellent deal for the Macbook Air, and we’re about to tell you about another one! It’s not quiiiite as good, but it’s still pretty stellar! Like stars, ye see? And if you’re a student with an .edu email address, ( or are somehow able to get an .edu email address, because those things *can* happen…) you can get an even starrier price!


Start with going down to any post office and asking them for their ‘movers’ coupon book. Inside you’ll find a Best Buy coupon for 10% off any single purchase.


Jump with glee!


Head on down to Best Buy, and check out their current sale on Macbook Air’s for $850 ( down from $1000).


Use the 10% movers book coupon to take the price down to $765.


IF you have an .edu address, go here to sign up to get a further $100 discount on the Macbook.


And ( after tax) that’s it! Congratulations, you Dealmaking Macbook Air owning human, you!





Apple awarded an Emmy!

If you guys remember back to Christmas time (  that one that’s further away than the one coming right at us would you believe) you might recall Apple’s Holiday ‘Misunderstood’ ad featuring a young kid recording his families activities on his iPhone. It made people cry, yeah, that one. Well, it’s some kind of awards season time and that ad has just won an Outstanding Commercial Emmy.


Yay! Apple received the award alongside Park Pictures production company and TBWA\Media Arts Lab ad agency. Good job. Now let’s all watch the ad again, cos what the hell, who doesn’t need to cry over an Apple Christmas commercial in the middle of August?





Flappy Bird creator releasing new game!




Remember Flappy Bird? Yeah? FROM YOUR NIGHTMARES? Or maybe from your dreams if you were one of those stupid people who were somehow really good at the game. You know who you are.  Or maybe you just remember if from the huge media attention it got, especially when the creator, Dong Nguyen pulled it from the app store.


Before being pulled, Flappy Bird was extremely successful, generating upwards of $50,000 per day. It was taken off teh App store because of the media storm it attracted, and because it was being criticized for being too addictive.


Not long after that, Mr Nguyen indicated that he would be bringing Flappy Bird back in August of this year ( how is it August already!?) however it hasn’t appeared yet. What will be appearing, on Thursday the 21st of august, is a new game from Mr Nguyen called Swing Copters.


It is unclear as of yet as to whether Flappy bird will also be appearing in the App store soon, or if this is the new version of Flappy Bird as it seems to feature very similar gameplay, and  is apparently just as tough as it’s predecessor. Uh… excellent? There goes all our free time! Whatever. Like we weren’t using it on the internet anyway.


Head on over to the guys at TouchArcade to see a preview of Swing Copters to know just how addicted you think you’ll become Thursday night! The game will be free from the app store with a $0.99 option to remove ads.