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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...
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