Items tagged with iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are old devices now, but there are a lot of people out there who are still using them -- and Apple was still producing the smartphones as of August 2019. For those who have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s that is now failing to power on despite your best efforts, Apple may fix your device at no cost. Apple says that it has determined that some iPhone 6 and 6s devices may not power on due to a component failure, and the issue affects a "limited serial number range," according to Apple. All affected devices were built between October 2018 and August of 2019. Owners of an iPhone 6 or 6s device that won't power-up can see if they have a device in an impacted serial number range... Read more...
Are you rocking an older iPhone model? If so, there is a chance that Apple will cut off support for your handset when it releases iOS 13, which is expected to debut next month. Nothing is set in stone at this moment, or more precisely, this information has not been confirmed. But if the latest rumor is true, iPhone 6 and older generation handsets will be left in the dust. That is the word from a French-language website that covers Apple-related news. Citing a "developer friend" (Google translation), iPhonesoft.fr says iOS 13 will support every iPhone handset dating back to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the regular iPhone 6 and earlier versions. That means the following devices will... Read more...
Apple is currently embroiled in a lawsuit over the "touch disease" that can affect some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represented a clean break from a design that started with the iPhone 4 and progressed through to the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and finally the iPhone 5s. Not long after the iPhone 6 family was released, many people complained of the smartphones being more susceptible to bending. This weakness became known as "Bendgate", but Apple never admitted to there being a problem and even invited a select few publications to its labs to show the lengths that the company goes through to perform durability tests on its smartphones.  However, the aforementioned... Read more...
Anyone who owns an electronic device with a battery inside should know by now that if damaged, and sometimes for no reason at all, batteries can overheat and burst into flames. This was a huge problem years back when several major computer makers had batteries that were exploding and causing fires. Smartphones have had their share of battery fires as well. Most notably perhaps, reports of battery fires forced Samsung to recall the Galaxy Note 7 globally. Apple has also had issues with iPhone batteries catching fire. Back in late 2016, a rash of iPhone 6 fires in China were blamed on external damage to the devices. However, just recently an iPhone 6 has caught fire, this time in the... Read more...
There is quite a controversy brewing in the Apple community today, and it is specifically related to the batteries and the performance of older iPhones. It's a given that a smartphone's battery performance will deteriorate over time, but some iPhone users are alleging that not only have their iPhones lost battery life over the years (which is to be expected), but that overall system performance has also suffered as a result. A reddit thread has popped up in which redditor TeckFire alleges that his iPhone 6 Plus had been slug-like in performance since upgrading to iOS 11. Anecdotally, iPhone users tend to complain every year when a new iOS release becomes public, alleging that Apple is purposely... Read more...
It seems that every generation of iPhone ends up mired in some kind of controversy, and for the original iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was "bendgate," the name associated with complaints of iPhones warping under normal use. While bendgate was blown out of proportion, there's another design issue with the same generation iPhone that's perhaps a bit more serious, one that's causing displays to stop working correctly. The teardown specialists at iFixIt conducted an investigation into the issue of ailing touchscreens and found that online repair shops keep themselves busy addressing a common point of failure among iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6 Plus models. In many instances, repair techs said... Read more...
Well, we didn’t see this one coming. Often times, it’s American companies that are crying foul when it comes to Chinese companies ripping off their designs. However, one of the most vocal protectors of its intellectual property is finding itself under fire in China, and that company is none other than Apple. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has found that Apple has infringed on the design patents of the Shenzhen Baili 100C smartphone. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are listed as the guilty parties in the infringement, and surprisingly, the virtually identically designed iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus escaped scrutiny (for now). According to CNBC, the ruling only affects iPhone 6 and 6 Plus... Read more...
Israeli tech firm Cellebrite has offered to help an Italian father hack into a locked iPhone 6 handset that belonged to his deceased son. It's the same tech firm that assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with hacking an iPhone 5c after Apple refused over fears that cracking its own security would leave hundreds of millions of iPhones vulnerable to attack. Cellebrite was sympathetic to a story about Leondardo Fabbretti, who's 13-year-old son Dama, adopted from from Ethopia in 2007, passed away in September 2015 of bone cancer. Fabbretti wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for help with getting into the device so that he could extract photographs, videos, and anything else that... Read more...
Apple offered a logical explanation as to why iPhone 6 users might see the dreaded "Error 53" code on their smartphone after having an unauthorized repair person replace a defective screen, but will that explanation hold up in court? A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California aims to find out. Let's back up a moment. The Error 53 code appears on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices that detect a change to the Touch ID sensor. It's a security feature designed to prevent unauthorized users from being able to access a person's sensitive data and to ensure that Apple Pay and other "iOS features related to Touch ID remain secure." Normally that wouldn't... Read more...
Accidents happen, and even if you use a case, a hard drop could end up cracking your screen or damaging other components in your smartphone. If you own an iPhone 6 from Apple, you might want to think twice about going to an unauthorized service center to have your device repaired. Since getting a screen replacement from Apple is often quite pricey, some people turn to technicians not certified by Apple for repairs. Be it an ad you see via Craigslist offering “mobile” $75 screen replacements right in your home or place of business, or mall kiosks that advertise repairs in less than an hour, consider yourself warned. Some iPhone 6 users are finding out the hard way that those repairs can lead... Read more...
Feeling disappointed with the battery life of your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6 smartphone? One solution is to buy a case with an integrated battery. There's no shortage of options from third-party accessory makers, and if you listen closely, you can hear their collective groan as Apple's enters the fray with its own battery case option. Apple's new Smart Battery Case comes in Charcoal Gray or White. It's made of pliable silicone and has a soft microfiber lining on the inside to protect your iPhone. Apple claims installation is easy-cheesy thanks to a soft elastomer hinge design that won't give you fits when you put the case on or take it off.If you've ever shopped around for a third-party battery case,... Read more...
Ever since we first saw renders of the One A9 leak to the web, we all took notice of its similarity to the iPhone 6 (and the iPhone 6s). Some thought that the overall shape of the smartphone and the plastic antenna lines running across the back of the device bared more than a passing resemblance to the Apple’s best-selling smartphone. However, many were quick to point out that it wasn’t HTC that copied Apple — it was the other way around. HTC brought out the One (retroactively named the One M7) in 2013 which featured an aluminum unibody design and those same, thin antenna breaks in the rear of the case. So it could be said that the One A9 is simply an evolution of the One M8 and the One M9 that... Read more...
Earlier this month, AT&T complained to the FCC that Sprint and T-Mobile had enabled Wi-Fi calling support on their wireless networks without obtaining the necessary waivers for teletypewriter (TTY) support for the deaf and hard of hearing. AT&T reasoned that the only reason that it had not yet introduced the feature is because it was patiently awaiting an FCC waiver, while Sprint and T-Mobile were “going rogue” without any oversight. "Because the commission has not granted AT&T's waiver petition," wrote AT&T legal SVP James Cicconi, "we are not in a position to provide Wi-Fi calling services to our customers even while our competitors provide those services in defiance of the... Read more...
As we've seen (and shared), Apple's custom A9 processor found in its recently launched iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones offers killer performance, especially considering it's a dual-core part. Interestingly, it appears that Apple is relying on two different chip manufacturers to build the A9 part.The folks at Chipworks claim to have found two different A9 chips, one belonging to Samsung (APL0898) and one belonging to TSMC (APL1022). That's a bit unusual for Apple, which typically prefers to source production of its application processors from a single manufacturer. What this suggests is that neither manufacturer is up to the task of supplying enough A9 chips to meet demand, lest Apple... Read more...
Apple gave us a heads up that it was expecting a huge weekend opener for its new flagships: the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. “We are on pace to beat last year's 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale Sept. 25,” said Apple in a statement to CNBC earlier this month. “As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.” Apple’s crystal ball was right on the money, and the company once again broke records with opening weekend sales for its two new flagships. Last year — the year in which Apple finally woke up and answered the calls for larger-screened smartphones with the... Read more...
Long after Apple Pay’s successful launch in the U.S., the contactless payment system is coming to the UK. Apple has already lined up more than 250,000 businesses who are accepting Apple Pay payments as of this week. British users with an iPhone 6 or an Apple Watch can start using Apple Pay immediately.  “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite... Read more...
Apple has the smartphone sector figured out. That's not an opinion, but a statement based on the Cupertino outfit accounting for 92 percent of the total profits from the world's eight biggest smartphone players in the first quarter of 2015. So says Mike Walkley, managing director of Canaccord Genuity, who notes that a year ago Apple's slice of the profit pie was 65 percent.Where does that leave Samsung? The South Korean handset maker and Apple's primary rival snagged 15 percent of the profits. That's right, Apple and Samsung enjoy greater than 100 percent of the smartphone industry's profits, which is made possible by the other players -- of which there are around 1,000 -- breaking even or posting... Read more...
For most of his professional career, NBA player Matt Bonner has donned a San Antonio Spurs uniform. Including his first two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Bonner's been a reliable shooter, hitting over 46 percent of his shots over his career, including 41.4 percent from three-point land. That's pretty good for a center-forward, though he's coming off his worst shooting season of his 11-year career, and he blames the iPhone 6 for his woes. If that's where the story stopped, you'd probably assume he spent too much time posting to Twitter and playing mobile games and not enough time practicing his jumper in the gym. However, that's now why he blames Apple's newest flagship device, at least not... Read more...
There's a weird issue that seems to be affecting certain iPhone devices. Those affected claim they're experiencing frequent and random restarts preceded by a blue screen that flashes on the display for a brief period. A blue screen of death, if you will. What's interesting is that the majority of complaints are coming from T-Mobile subscribers, and it only began occurring last night.Apple news and rumor site MacRumors says it's received "several complaints from readers," though users have also reported the issue on other destinations on the web, including Facebook, Twitter, and reddit. The issue appears to be limited to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5S models, but not a specific OS... Read more...
Is it too early to talk about another iPhone release? Apparently not, as speculation has already begun on what the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will bring to the table. At least one analyst thinks that Apple will unveil updated iPhone models as early as August, coming in ahead of the September time frame that Apple's been known for.This is coming from KGI Securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi, ZDNet reports. Kuo's crystal ball tells him that the next iPhone models will feature the same Force Touch technology that was incorporated into the new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, a rumor we've heard before. The way Kuo sees it, Force Touch "can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support... Read more...
In addition to the revised 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display news from this morning, Apple has introduced a new accessory for all Lightning-equipped iPhones: the iPhone Lightning Dock. The addition of the dock is surprising for two reasons. First, why did it take so long for Apple to release a Lightning Dock compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Secondly, is Apple out of its Vulcan mind by charging $39 for a hunk of plastic? To add insult to injury, Apple doesn’t even include an extra Lightning USB cable in the box; you’re on your own on that front. For $39, you’d expect a little extra love from Apple, but I digress. With that said, the iPhone Lightning... Read more...
It's official, size matters. The numbers don't lie, and an increasing number of gadget owners are opting for larger smartphones (what did you think we were referring to?). According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data, the so-called phablet category accounted for 21 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2015. That's nearly quadruple the 6 percent share phablets held in the first quarter a year ago, and a large reason why is the iPhone 6 Plus. At a generous 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus boasts the biggest display of any iPhone model to date. More importantly, it claimed 44 percent of the phablet segment, proving that there's a significant... Read more...
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