Battery boost but can be bulky
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Squeezing more from megapixels
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$100 for phone, slate and plan
Sprint is getting creative with its “For Life” leasing programs, announcing Tuesday that it is creating a $100-a-month package that includes an…
Paper prints in 30 seconds
Although digital photography has become mainly an online experience, there’s still a market for actual printed photos from a camera. That’s tricky…
Big population, big phones
As China’s population adopts smartphones, Apple is ready to reap the benefits. In its quarterly earnings call Tuesday, Apple is expected to…
Cloud storage? No problem
Parallels Access, a remote computer app for mobile devices, received a solid upgrade on Thursday. Version 2.5 has what the company calls…
Why mess with success?
The popular line of iPhone battery packs from Mophie is getting bigger. On Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mophie…
Google is finally taking advantage of a key iOS 8 feature that, ironically, works similarly in Android. After updating Google+ for iOS…
Strong backing from retailers
Even though in-store retail transactions for Apple Pay are only available for two handsets and rolled out in the past two months, Apple’s…
Apple iPad sales are already slowing and now that Apple has large screened iPhones, they could slow more. Pocket analyzed more than 2 million user data points since the new iPhones arrived and found that app usage is shifting away from the iPad.
With bigger phones, Apple is likely to smash its quarterly iPhone sales records. One analyst with a good track record suggests 71 million iPhones for Apple’s first fiscal quarter and nearly 50 million more in the following three months.
Since about an hour since the iPhone 6 Plus first went on pre-order online, it’s apparently been in short supply. But now, Apple’s website now lists the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus with a ship date of “7-10 business days.”
It doesn’t matter who implemented NFC mobile payments first; it matters that there’s a big uptake. And that’s what Apple Pay has, which Google Wallet is benefiting from: New users have doubled of late according to one report.
LoopPay has an alternate mobile payments system for the new iPhones that relies on a magnetic-field generating smartphone case instead of NFC. Why use LoopPay over Apple Pay? It works in a lot more places.
Apple Pay is now available in the U.S. and while the setup process is similar to Google Wallet, it’s a little bit faster and easier.
iOS 8.1 is ready for download and Apple Pay is the main feature. A quick look at the change log, however, shows some welcome updates, fixes and features such as return of the Camera Roll and AirDrop support for Passbook passes.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can make their first Apple Pay transactions starting October 20, as more than 500 banks have signed on to participate. The new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 will support Apple Pay as well.
Training materials obtained by 9to5Mac show product screens for Apple Pay and offer up a few clues on how the service will be setup and its relationship to banking partners.
I used to restore backups from old iPhones to new ones each year. Not any more. I figured out some time ago that there’s actually a few benefits to setting up the new iPhone from scratch.
That record of 10 million new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ sold in one weekend could have easily been 50 percent higher based on the reported reservations in China for the handsets.
It’s not a bad idea to have different apps for different health-related activities. Linking them together can give a much broader view of overall health and more optimized training. That’s exactly what Clear Sky Apps is bringing with iOS 8 versions of its apps.
Although Apple sold a record number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones during the opening weekend, the number surely would have been higher with China sales. That country will get the phones on October 17 after Apple addressed security concerns from regulators.
Every year, I generally buy a new iPhone and the best Android handset that meets my needs. Now that Apple has a larger phone and a more open approach with iOS 8, this year may be an exception.
How will the release of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 affect my determination to use Apple’s mobile technology in as much of my daily workflow as possible?
It took just over a day for Apple to fix the iOS software update that disabled both cellular service and the Touch ID on iPhones. The software works as advertised but Apple will have to battle the fact that it let users down.
Based on data from tracking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order shipments, Slice says AT&T accounted for nearly half of the pre-orders for Apple’s new phones. One in five paid full price for a T-Mobile edition as Sprint-compatible iPhones lagged behind.
I was skeptical of the new Reachability feature on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus but after a few days, the home button double-press to move apps, controls and input fields within easy reach has become second nature.
Even without China, Apple set a new weekend sales record for its newest iPhones with 10 million handsets sold. Last year’s model hit 9 million in the first three days, showing that China could have easily pushed Apple to 12 million or more this time around.
Last month, Verizon said it was bringing VoLTE and HD Voice calls in the “coming weeks” and now we know why: The timing of the carrier’s Advanced Calling 1.0 function coincides with the new iPhones which can route voice calls over data networks.
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras still capture the same 8 megapixels as the iPhone 5s but this video footage against the backdrop of Iceland compared old and new iPhones shows a noticeable difference.
The line outside Apple’s Grand Central location stretched around two sides of the block. Most of those lining up appeared to plan to resell their new iPhones for a profit, but there were also a good deal of Apple fans looking for a personal phone as well.
The biggest potential market for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the highly populated nation of China. There’s still no official release date but it should be getting closer as Apple reportedly has just one more regulatory hurdle to clear.
Once the floodgates open today, tens of millions of older iPhones will upgrade to iOS 8. There are several new features in the software but perhaps the most used one will be support for third-party keyboards. Here are three options to consider on day one.
Early reviewers suggest good things about the camera in the latest iPhones, but the sizes and battery already seem to be dividing opinion.
I’d certainly agree many of the latest iOS 8 features were first found in Google’s Android software. It really doesn’t matter though: Many people — including some Android users — will like what Apple is bringing to both the iPhone 6 and older handsets this week.
Lots of people want the iPhone 6: Apple announced that first-day pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million, which is twice as many pre-orders as Apple reported for the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Apple may have challenged iPhone developers to figure out how best to support the different screen dimensions of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, something that Android developers have been doing for years.
Waking up in the middle of the night to order the newest iPhone isn’t new. Having the Apple Store be down for at least an hour after the order process begins is, however. It all worked out but frustrated many.
There is no announced launch date for the iPhone 6 in China, but it’s certain to be later than September 19, when the device goes on sale in the United States and Western Europe. Some are pointing to regulatory issues as the reason for the delay, but there are other possibilities.
For some, standing in line to buy a new iPhone is both ritual and experience. It’s also a big chunk of time from your day. With a reportedly new digital reservation system you could get that iPhone 6 without standing around for hours.
We now know what the Apple Watch will do, what it will look like, and what it’s called. But the big Apple reveal raised even more questions about its specs and how it will work in day-to-day usage.
Sprint got a jump on its competitors by announcing a special promotional data plan and trade-in program just hours after the iPhone 6’s unveiling.
The speculation is over: Apple’s long-rumored smartwatch is called the Apple Watch. Pricing starts at $349 and it will be available in early 2015.
Apple revealed the eighth generation of its iPhone on Tuesday. The new iPhone will come in two versions: The iPhone 6, with a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5-inch screen.
Our live coverage of Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch event can be found here.
T-Mobile will match and beat other carriers’ trade-in prices this fall, hoping to attract customers looking to upgrade while getting maximum value from their old devices.
While the name iWallet makes sense, there may be no such app if a reportedly working iPhone 6 is any measure: The alleged device shows a Passbook app with new icon that suggests it will handle mobile payments.
In less than three years, “phablets” have gone from a laughable name to the fastest growing handheld segment and they’re not done yet. Look for nearly 200 million shipments this year alone as consumers see the value in a larger screen with voice capabilities.
Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.
After reports of adding carrier financing plan support in stores, Apple’s online marketplace now lets you choose AT&T Next with zero down for your new iPhone. Wait, where is Verizon’s Edge and T-Mobile’s Jump plans?
With so many little moving parts to the machine that makes iPhones, a supply issue can easily affect production schedules. Reuters says a display challenge could impact early availability of the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is expected to debut next month and we already know that it will support Wi-Fi calling. Voice over LTE might not be far behind as Apple is seeking experience engineers to help add VoLTE support. It could be a software update away.
Fitting in with early pics of reported dummy cases for the iPhone 6, a schematic drawing suggests the iPhone 6 camera ring could slightly protrude outward: It’s not easy to make a thin camera sensor with improved quality and lenses.
With carriers changing up their handset upgrade and hardware subsidy strategies, Apple looks ready to keep you coming to its own stores to buy that new iPhone. Why? More foot traffic, exposure to other Apple products and a seamless buying experience.
Production challenges for a 5.5-inch handset could see Apple launch just a single new iPhone model this year says one analyst. That’s not necessarily a problem: Apple may not need to debut two larger iPhones for continued success.
Taiwanese semiconductor giant is shipping chips to Apple for inclusion in the upcoming iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Previously, Samsung was the Apple’s sole iOS semiconductor partner.
The iPhone parts and shells currently available from shady Chinese vendors aren’t totally accurate, but do give a good idea about what to expect from the newest iPhone, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
More alleged images of the larger iPhone 6 appeared online from a site in China, the country where Apple’s iPhone is produced. These detailed photos show even more evidence of a larger, but more rounded, iPhone.
It’s looking more likely that Apple’s iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch display with 1704 x 960 resolution. So what might that look like? Here’s a side by side comparison of iOS 7 on a 4-inch and a 4.7-inch screen.
Sure the industrial design of the iPhone is nice but those hard edges may not be ideal on a larger iPhone 6. Based on mocks of the next iPhone, the handset may look more like an iPod touch this time around.
Assuming the leaks and mockups of the iPhone 6 have some basis of truth, it’s a safe bet well be seeing a larger iPhone this year. Here’s what that means from a usability and screen resolution perspective.
Internal Apple documents show that the company knows it is missing big sales opportunities from both cheaper phones and larger-screened handsets as well. That puts the 4.7-inch iPhone reports in a different light, making the upsize a strong possibility in 2014.
Industry sources suggest TSMC is already producing Apple’s chips for the next iPhone. It’s possible that this is just a test run but the timing makes sense as Apple has reportedly been looking to move some of its chip-making business away from Samsung.
Seeking Alpha analyst Matt Margolis connects the dots to show why this might be happening.
Did you hear the reports? Apple’s working on a bigger iPhone. That’s not a huge surprise but people don’t necessarily want a huge phone. And iOS developers don’t want yet another resolution to support. Here’s how Apple might address the challenge.
Is the 4-inch iPhone 5s too small for you? A new report suggests that Apple is working on a much larger form factor for the iPhone 6.
Apple’s next iPhone will be thinner and lighter, with an 8 megapixel camera, according to a report on Thursday. The new article bears the hallmarks of an intentional leak, and it is the surest sign yet that we’ll see new iPhone hardware in September.