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...
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