As I write this, Apple hasn't yet commented on the propensity of the iPhone 6 Plus to bend in your pocket. After the phone was released there were scattered reports that it could bend if you wear tight pants—even in your front pocket. Then Lewis Hilsenteger posted a video on his YouTube channel Unbox Therapy that showed him bending his iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. The video went viral, and seemingly all the major media picked up the story.
It's not unusual for Apple to release hardware or software that has a glitch or bug. It's become the unfortunate trend that when a glitch in the Apple matrix is discovered, it gets nicknamed "such and such-gate." Do you remember Antennagate, which happened on Steve Jobs' shift, when numerous users reported dropped calls if they simply held their iPhone "wrong"? Then again, you needn't think back that far. Last month we were hit with Celebgate, (aka: the Fappening) where personal iCloud accounts of popular female celebrities were hacked and their nude photos flooded the internet.
I don't regret my decision to get the iPhone 6 Plus, not at all. To say that Apple has impressed me with the new iPhone 6 Plus would be an understatement. I am in awe of this device, often times when I am using it I'll notice a smile creep onto my face as I play my favorite graphically enhanced games or notice amazing new device features in action. But after a week with this iPhone at my side I've discovered that despite the fact that the 6 Plus is proving to be one of the best premium smartphones on the planet, there are still some significant issues (yes, even after this most recent iOS 8.0.1 update) that Apple really needs to address.
On Monday, Apple debuted two new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus commercials titled "Huge" and "Cameras" and featuring voiceovers by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. As you might expect, "Huge" highlights the larger screen of the two phones and focuses on how it makes things easier. In the banter between the two celebs, Fallon plays it straight, talking about the advantages, and Timberlake simply keeps repeating that the phones are so huge.
It was a given that I'd buy a new iPhone. As an app developer, I have to test my apps on the latest gear, and writing for iPhone Life magazine means I need to be able to test and report on the latest cases, accessories, etc. But, like most of us, I had to preorder an iPhone that I couldn't physically try out beforehand. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus would be too big, and I already have an iPad. So I preordered an iPhone 6 on September 12, which wasn't a breeze, but at least one would be waiting for me.
The iPhone I've been requesting that Apple make is finally here. My iPhone 6 Plus safely arrived this morning and it's everything I hoped it would be. With great finesse and style, it encapsulates all I'd envisioned a larger iPhone would offer. I am not in the least bit disappointed, in fact, if it was a quarter-inch to a half-inch bigger that would've been just fine with me. My first impressions (and unboxing video) follow after the break.
Apple broke their previous record and sold over 10 million iPhones the first three days. And according to CEO Tim Cook, they could have sold more if they had had a greater supply. He said the company is working hard to fill the orders. In addition, Apple could also have sold more if they had been able to simultaneously launch in China, but that country won't see the new phones until 2015 because they haven't yet been approved by Chinese regulators. One result was that Chinese scalpers flooded the Apple Stores on Friday, arriving by the busload. Reports say that the new iPhones are selling for as much as $3,000 in China. But even without the phones going on sale in China, Apple took in some $6.5 billion, which is pretty amazing.
So far the reviews for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus verge on the ecstatic, and huge crowds lined up Friday to purchase the new phone. You can see a roundup of photos and videos of the crowds from around the world on BGR and AppleInsider. The size of the crowds is much larger than the iPhone 5/5s launches. If you're lucky enough to have a new iPhone, or if you're eager to have a comprehensive guide to iOS 8 on your iPhone, you'll want to get the free iPhone User Guide for iOS 8. You can download it via iBooks on your iOS device or on your Mac, or via iTunes. Here's Apple's description:
Apple is great about making the latest operating system run on older equipment. But just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should! There are reports from iPhone 4S owners that suggest they might have been better off without upgrading.
Apple put on a good show on September 9, and on Friday, many lucky people will be the owners of a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now it's time to start gearing up the rumors for Apple's next event. According to AppleInsider, citing a source who's given accurate information in the past about forthcoming Apple announcements, Apple's next event will be in the second half of October.
You can now respond to incoming text messages from the lock screen or from within other apps. You no longer need to go to the Messages app.
I wasn't one of the 4 million people who pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and Plus in 24 hours.
There is one simple reason why: it's too big for me. Their motto—"iPhone 6: Bigger than Bigger"—isn't necessarily a good thing.
One of the many grand achievements that Apple has made with the new iPhone 6 series, is that even though they are larger than the 4-inch screened iPhones we've all become so used to, they are so lightweight and thin that they aren't a burden to take anywhere and everywhere. Of course, this doesn't mean they won't get cracked or dented if they are subjected to rough handling or mishaps. Nonetheless, I can guarantee that within a year, we'll have seen plenty of extreme videos and pictures captured on these new iDevices, and it's safe to say that much of the adventurous footage that will come from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come courtesy of devices encased in one of the following protective cases. Of course, not everyone who wants heavy-duty protection from their iPhone case intends to compete in the X-Games or to climb Everest. A lot of people just want a hardy case that can stand up to the inevitable abuse of a busy and active life. So this roundup is also for anyone who wants a rugged iPhone 6/6 Plus case that can take a beating but still manages to have a slim profile, and takes into consideration things like having good acoustics for calls, music, and videos, as well as easy access to all of the iPhone's buttons and ports.
Now you don't have to take a break from your new iPhone or Apple Watch during a flight.
The airlines have been notoriously criticized for making airline passengers turning off phones during takeoff. So when I boarded a flight last week and United told me I could keep my phone and iPad powered on, albeit on airplane mode, I was surprised.
Apple had so much to talk about on Tuesday that some new products didn't get mentioned. Apple first introduced bumpers with the iPhone 4, in part to help with the AntennaGate problem. Later, the iPhone 5c got a bunch of brightly colored cases. Now, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus customers can choose official silicone or leather cases from Apple. The cases also come in assorted colors, but they are more muted choices. There's a (PRODUCT)RED option with proceeds going to fight Aids in Africa. Silicone cases cost $35 for the iPhone 6 and $39 for the iPhone 6 Plus. For leather, expect to spend $45 or $49, respectively.
If ever an iOS game deserved to have a movie made about it, it is Infinity Blade. In what will come as great news for any fans of the groundbreaking, award-winning iOS game, Infinity Blade is potentially about to be made into a short, fan-funded movie. At the helm of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for this project is Josh Aker, composer of the Infinity Blade soundtracks. He talks to us about his vision and the incredible talent he's already amassed for this project in his Kickstarter video below. As you will see, his enthusiasm for the game and for the movie is infectious.
With the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple's Live Event this past Tuesday and its release next Friday, September 19, Apple is taking major steps to make standing in line to purchase the newest devices less onerous. The new system is call Reservation Pass and it will replace the paper cards that used to be handed out to each person in line.
Already the iPhone 6 is selling so well that some websites are down, and shipping time is now 3–4 weeks. The carriers, recognizing that the iPhone 6 is going to be a big seller, are offering great deals in an effort to poach customers from other carriers. According to CNN Money, Sprint has rolled out a deal just for the iPhone 6 that offers you unlimited talk, text, and data for $50 per month. Plus, with their new iPhone For Life Plan, you get the iPhone 6 for $20/month, iPhone 6 Plus for $25/month — with no money down. The iPhone for Life Plan also guarantees a new device every two years. According to Bloomberg, Verizon initially launched an offer of a free iPhone 6 if you traded in your old iPhone. However, the article says that Apple complained, and so Verizon changed their offer. You can get a $100 gift card for a 16 GB iPhone 4S up to a $300 gift card for a 16 GB iPhone 5s.
It will be fun to see how the Apple Watch is received next year. Some reviews have been a bit negative, but I continue to be wowed by the many cool and innovative features. I've never liked wearing watches, so I doubt I'd ever get one, yet I'm excited by what Apple has done. It does seem like a very narrow market, though, since the Apple Watch only works in conjunction with an iPhone. In addition, most young people today don't wear watches. Details about the watch beyond what Apple said on Tuesday are emerging, as journalists write about their experience with the device and glean info from Apple employees. TUAW has helpfully assembled some of these details. The most interesting is how Apple ensures Apple Pay security when the device isn't on your wrist.
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