Items tagged with iPhone 6 Plus

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...
If you're still rocking an original 2014-era iPhone 6 Plus, chances are that you're are experiencing reduced performance due to throttling mechanisms that Apple first implemented with iOS 10.2.1. Ever since Apple first came clean about the practice late last year, and reduced the price of battery replacements from $79 to $29, customers have understandably rushed to Apple Stores to perform the "cheap" battery upgrade. Apple exacerbated matters by allowing anyone to get a $29 replacement, regardless of the wear-level of their battery. For those that were even the slightest bit worried about performance degradation, they now have a quick and simple way to get a new battery. Unfortunately for iPhone... Read more...
Apple is offering to repair iPhone 6 Plus handsets that exhibit display flickering or are having multi-touch issues, though not for free as consumers had hoped. Instead, the "Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus," as Apple is calling it, is a new service that runs $149, assuming the screen is in working order without any cracks or otherwise broken. Three months ago Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit filed in California. The plaintiffs accused Apple of violating the state's consumer fraud statues, alleging that Apple had been aware of an issue that caused iPhone displays to exhibit a thin gray flickering line on the top and in some instances become unresponsive. This was dubbed... 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...
The last time we visited an Apple hardware repair program, the company had to fix defective graphics cards on a number of 2011 through 2013 model year MacBook Pros. Today, Apple is admitting to more defects in its hardware and it’s the popular iPhone 6 Plus phablet that is the subject of a new “replacement program.” The problem stems from an issue with the smartphone’s rear iSight camera — in many instances, the camera takes blurry or as some users describe it “wobbly” images and will not focus properly. The problem dates back to at least October 2014, when an affected user posted a thread to the Apple Support Communities. An example of a blurry image shot with an iPhone 6 Plus iSight Camera... 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...
Analysts expect that China will become a bigger market for Apple's iPhone than the United States, and to underscore the point, it's believed that quarterly iPhone sales in the region exceeded the U.S. for the first time. This can be explained, in part, by China's New Year celebrations, a time when people get in the gift giving mood. Citing market research firm Creative Strategies LLC, Bloomberg reports that last quarter's iPhone sales in greater China are likely to be between 18 million and 20 million, compared to 14 million to 15 million in the U.S. Not too shabby, though the question is whether or not China will continue to be a bigger market than the U.S. for iPhone sales going forward. "Before,... Read more...
Apple took a lot of heat over complaints that its iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6 Plus devices were prone to bending, even from just storing them in pockets as normal. The situation became known as "bendgate" and Samsung wasted little time capitalizing on the situation, but was it a case of the pot calling the kettle black? A durability test conducted by insurance firm Square Trade reveals that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge bends just as easily as Apple's newer iPhone models, and breaks entirely under less pressure. Square Trade revisited tests it ran during bendgate, this time focusing on three handsets -- Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge, and HTC's One M9. Each device was put in... Read more...
Many analysts wondered aloud if Apple was pricing itself out of the Chinese smartphone market with premium devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Well, according to data from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, those fears were unwarranted. Apple’s iPhone family was able to grab a record 27.6 percent of the smartphone market in China during a three-month period ending in February, making Apple the number one smartphone OEM. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 led the way with a 10.2 percent share of the market, which was enough to make it the best selling smartphone in China. Second place when to the Xiaomi RedMi Note, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus took third place. "There has been a strong appetite... Read more...
In case you haven't noticed, wireless carriers are fighting each other tooth and nail, and they're fighting over you. Yes, you! That's especially true of Sprint and T-Mobile, two companies that nearly merged with one another a few months ago, and are now bitter rivals, each trying to steal subscribers away from the other (along with Verizon and AT&T). As a result, there have been a lot of new pricing plans and promotions, the latest of which has Sprint combining its "iPhone for Life" and "iPad for Life" plans into a single lease option.Taking advantage of the new deal, you can snag an iPhone 6 smartphone and iPad mini 3 tablet for $100 per month with no activation fee or upfront costs. The... Read more...
As we alluded to in our article earlier today, Apple has just announced its earning for fiscal Q1 2015. The results are nothing short of astonishing, as Apple had record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and along with record quarterly net profit of $18 billion. Yes, you heard that correctly, $18 billion in profit for a single quarter. For comparison, Microsoft yesterday reported a net profit of $5.86 billion for its most recent quarter. Gross margins were also through the roof, coming in at 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent for the same period one year ago. Earnings came in at $3.06 per diluted share compared to $2.07 per diluted share for the same period last year. When all the results... Read more...
Apple was late to the phablet game with the launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014. Samsung arguably created the phablet category three years prior, when it introduced the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. But despite its late arrival to the party, manufacturers are painting a big red target on the iPhone 6 Plus, and Xiaomi is the latest to take aim. The hard-charging Chinese OEM today announced its new Mi Note flagship smartphone that features a 5.7-inch 1080p display in its standard configuration. Other features include a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), two-tone flash, and a 3000 mAh battery. The Mi Note even... Read more...
If you’ve been eying Apple’s iPhone 6 and haven’t yet taken the plunge, Wal-Mart is offering a holiday promotion that might prompt you to get off your lazy butt. The retail giant normally sells the iPhone 6 for $179 with a new two-year contract, which already represents a $20 savings over what you’d pay direct from Apple. However, starting tomorrow, Wal-Mart will discount the entry-level iPhone 6 even further to just $129 with a new, two-year contract. Likewise, the supersized iPhone 6 Plus has seen its price of entry cut from the usual $279 to $229. The price cuts extend to all members of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus families. In addition, Wal-Mart will also offer a discount on the year-old... Read more...
A look around the market should have revealed to Apple that there would be rabid demand for larger screen iPhone models, yet the Cupertino outfit is still struggling to ship the necessary number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in a timely fashion. Granted, being short on supply of a new product isn't unusual, especially for an Apple device, but to continue to have trouble meeting demand two months later isn't par for the course. According to a CNBC report, a research note by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that just 58 percent of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models were in stock at retail stores across the nation in late November. That translates into 42 percent still unavailable... Read more...
While Samsung is reportedly getting ready to shake up management over disappointing sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 device, rival Apple continues to celebrate another record iPhone launch. Looking forward, the Cupertino outfit expects to ship more than 71.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, based on a report by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If Kuo's prediction comes to fruition, it will represent an 82 percent sequential jump in shipments.Out ahead of the pack is the iPhone 6 -- Kuo expects the 4.7-inch device to see 41.75 million shipments, which would account for nearly 60 percent of all iPhone sales for the quarter, while the iPhone 6 Plus is expected to add another 15.1 million units to... Read more...
If you look over the most recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC), you'll see that Apple's share of the global smartphone market declined from 12.9 percent to 12 percent in the past year. Meanwhile, Samsung's stake is now almost twice that of Apple's at 23.8 percent. Granted, Samsung sells a lot more models than Apple does, but even so, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes the Cupertino company made a misstep by waiting this long to release a bigger size smartphone. "Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger screen iPhone for the past three years," Wozniak told CNNMoney. "It could have competed better with Samsung." That's easy to see... Read more...
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