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Friendly reminder that if you were planning to participate in a proposed $500 million settlement with Apple over reduced iPhone performance, you now have less than a week to do it. The deadline to submit a claim (or multiple claims, depending on your situation) is next Tuesday, October 6. Any claims received after that date will not be eligible for any benefits under this particular settlement. The settlement stems from what has been unofficially referred to as "throttlegate," in reference to the discovery that Apple was slowing down the processor on some iPhone handsets with older batteries. If taking Apple at its word, this was intended to "deliver the best experience for customers." Here is... Read more...
Today is a brand new day, folks, and things you thought would not be possible have come to fruition. No, this isn't a political post talking about last night's presidential election (we figure you're already inundated with political chatter on your social media feeds, you don't need us adding to it). We're referring to Apple selling refurbished through its online store. Apple isn't in the habit of selling refurbished handsets and hasn't done this since the iPhone 3G. Sure, the Cupertino outfit has sold refurbished Mac systems, refurbished iPad tablets, and and refurbished accessories on occasion, all at nifty discounts and backed by the original warranty. But before now, refurbished iPhones have... Read more...
Samsung is super excited about its new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets, and rightfully so. Spec for spec, these are the best Galaxy devices to date, and in addition to speed and performance upgrades, Samsung brought back expandable storage, something that was noticeably absent in the Galaxy S6 line. As nice as Samsung's latest handsets are, however, iPhone 6s Plus owners still maintain certain bragging rights. YouTube user Jerome Ortega gathered up a handful of smartphones and ran them through a series of apps to test real world responsiveness. His collection consisted of the Moto X Pure Edition, Nexus 6P, Galaxy S7 Edge, and iPhone 6s Plus. Each one had their SIM card yanked out, the latest... Read more...
Is there anything more skittish an Apple stock holder? I'm beginning to think not. Case in point, Apple's share price is trending below $100, a mark it hasn't dipped under since last summer, and it's all because the Cupertino outfit might have cut combined iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus orders for the March quarter.The latest rumor comes from Nikkei, a major newspaper in Japan that serves millions of readers. According to the report, Apple is reducing current generation iPhone orders by 30 percent for the January to March period so that retailers can sell the inventory they already possess.Maybe that's true and maybe it isn't. Apple doesn't comment on rumors, nor does it have a history of divulging... Read more...
You don't need a crystal ball to figure out Apple will release a new iPhone handset every year. It's been doing it since the original came out in 2007, and starting with the iPhone 3G, Apple's naming convention has consisted of introducing a new model number every two years, with "s" variants in between. There was the iPhone 3GS in 2009, iPhone 4s in 2011 (the first to use a lowercase "s"), iPhone 5s (and iPhone 5c) in 2013, and now the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The one thing that's been true of each "s" upgrade is they've all been faster than their predecessors while retaining the same overall exterior design. That's again true of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, though there's quite a bit more here... Read more...
Listen up folks, any battery life woes you might have heard about or experienced yourself with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are exaggerated and not indicative of real-world performance. Scout's honor. How do we know that? Because Apple said so, that's how. Case closed and let's move on, right? Not so fast. Let's pull the train back in the station before heading down the tracks, shall we? It was discovered that Apple's been dual sourcing production of the custom A9 System-on-Chip (SoC) found in the latest iPhone 6s models to Samsung and TSMC. No big deal, except there are reports that TSMC's larger 104.5mm2 chip is both a little bit faster and a lot more battery efficient than Samsung's 96mm2... Read more...
It recently came to light that the custom A9 processor Apple is using in its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets is being dual sourced from Samsung and TSMC. If that's the case, does it matter which one you get? There's evidence to suggest that it does, both in terms of raw performance and battery life.Before we get into that, let's back up a moment and look at each chip. According to the folks at Chipworks, Samsung is likely using a 14nm manufacturing process resulting in a die size that's about 10 percent smaller than the one being produced by TSMC, which is believed to be using a 16nm FinFET process."From a benchmarking point of view, the smaller die size shows a leadership in technology... 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...
Underneath the hood of Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models is a new custom designed System-on-Chip (SoC) that Apple has dubbed its A9 processor. It's a 64-bit chip that, according to Apple, is the most advanced ever built for any smartphone, and that's just one of many claims coming out of Cupertino.Apple is also claiming a level of gaming performance on par with dedicated game consoles and with a graphics engine that's 90 percent faster than the previous generation. For compute chores, Apple says the A9 chip improves overall CPU performance by up to 70 percent. These performance promises come without divulging too much about the physical makeup of the A9, though Apple did say it's... Read more...
There are several reasons why you might want to an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Apple upgraded the processor to a custom A9 chip that supposedly runs circles around the competition, it improved the cameras and added a feature call Live Photos, 3D Touch (basically Force Touch) is part of the equation, and added a "Rose Gold" color option, to name a few of Apple's selling points. But might Apple's new devices also be waterproof? Apple isn't advertising the feature, which could be a huge selling point for accident prone or otherwise adventurous individuals, but a video on YouTube suggests that the new phones aren't afraid to take a dip in the drink. Zach Straley, otherwise known as zeedude22 on... Read more...
Apple's decision to add a "Rose Gold" color option to its iPhone line is proving to be a good one. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus became available to the masses on Friday, and in what's becoming a familiar refrain, Apple is expecting its new flagship devices will set a weekend sales record.Long lines formed at various Apple store locations around the world, though it's not the same kind of scene it once was thanks to the ability to pre-order iPhone models online. How iPhone buyers get their devices isn't what's important, what's notable is that Apple continues to see rabid demand for its smartphones.Apple will likely announce weekend sales for its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Monday. In... Read more...
The steady handed tech surgeons at iFixIt wasted no time getting their mitts on an iPhone 6s Plus model and gutting it like a Halloween pumpkin. Along with the non-Plus version, Apple released its new flagship iPhone models to retail today and the big question everyone wants to know is, will it blend? Second to our morbid curiosity of what happens to electronics when they're shoved into a high power blender is the level of difficulty involved when attempting a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair. In the case of the iPhone 6s Plus, tearing into the device to replace the battery or other parts is an attainable goal. Opening the iPhone 6s Plus is rather easy if you have the right tool. Unfortunately Apple... Read more...
As Apple eyes growth in markets other than the United States, it has seen its iPhone sales increase year-over-year. Apple typically announces its new iPhones in early September, and launches them later that month. Last year with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple announced record first weekend sales of 10 million units (which was a nice increase over the 9 million in sales for the iPhone 5S during the previous year). Apple, which has been a bit more forthcoming with information under the leadership of Tim Cook, released a statement to CNBC this morning saying that this year’s first weekend sales will once again set records. "Customer response to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus has... Read more...
When it comes to onboard RAM, Android smartphones often come fully stocked. These days, you expect at least 2GB of RAM on all but the most low-end devices. 3GB is common with most flagships, and some recently released Android smartphones come packing 4GB of RAM. However, Apple has always been stingy when it comes to the amount of RAM included on its smartphones (although it could be argued that iOS memory management is a bit better than what's found on Android). The iPhone 5, which was introduced back in 2012, gave us 1GB of RAM — but the iPhone has been stuck at the same 1GB through the releases of the iPhone 5S (2013) and iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus (2014). Apple is now ready to give customers more... Read more...
It’s that time of the year again; the time when Apple announces a new iPhone and the faithful flock to their computer (and smartphone/tablet) screens to get their preorders in ahead of the official launch on September 25th. Apple opened up preorders at 3:01am EST Saturday and we’re already seeing some interesting trends based on the shipping times of various models and colors. In the U.S., the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus has proven to be an early favorite with consumers. 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models — in all available colors, Gray, Silver, Gold, And Rose Gold — have seen their shipping times slip to 3-4 weeks availability. And this lack of availability extends to all four major U.S. wireless carriers.... Read more...
Apple sticks the same tried and true script when it comes to new product launches, especially the iPhone. It consists of unveiling a faster device with improved specs, some feature upgrades, and one standout feature that will make existing iPhone owners feel as though their relatively new device is already obsolete. For the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch, that standout feature is Live Photos. I'll admit to being impressed with the demonstration of Live Photos. What it does is record 1.5 seconds of video with sound before and after snapping a photo. Apple insists that Live Photos are distinctly different from videos, in that you're still left with a picture, but what's different is that the... Read more...
Apple’s iPhone is usually front and center at Apple’s September keynotes, but that wasn’t the case today. The iPhone was relegated to pulling up the rear of the keynote behind the Apple Watch, iPad Pro, and all-new Apple TV. But then again, we already knew what Apple was going to reveal — this is a refresh year, after all, for the iPhone. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S look nearly identical to their predecessors (including the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively), but now include 7000 series aluminum which is stronger than the “bendy” aluminum used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Powering Apple’s new iPhones is a new A9 SoC in place of the “old” A8. The A9 is 70 percent faster than... Read more...
It looks as though the earlier reports were correct: Apple will indeed announce its next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphone at an event held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The company set out invites to the press, with the tagline “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” Given that Siri is a known quantity in the iPhone world, chances are that this is in reference to the long rumored Apple TV, which is also long overdue for a revamp. The word on the street is that the Apple TV will run a modified version of iOS 9, will include its own App Store, come with a touch sensitive remote control, and accept voice commands via Siri. Apple was also rumored to launch a streaming... Read more...
Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. And with regards to Force Touch on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus refresh, you might as well label it a 4-alarm fire. The Wall Street Journal kicked off the festivities in early March, proclaiming that Force Touch would arrive on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tends to get these types of things right more than wrong, added further confirmation earlier this month. Now, 9to5Mac, a publication that has a pretty solid track record when it comes to Apple leaks (look no further than the site almost completely nailing the design/specs for the 12-inch MacBook) has issued further confirmation of Force Touch for Apple’s... Read more...
In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made nearly a dozen predictions about Apple's future iPhone plans, specifically in reference to what most assume will be the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (if past precedent is followed). One of those predictions is that Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models will go into mass production around the middle of August.Kuo believes Apple will upgrade the camera to a 12-megapixel sensor, up from the 8-megapixel iSight camera found on the current generation iPhone 6 and and iPhone 6 Plus. It wouldn't surprise us if Apple gave camera performance a boost, and photography has become an important selling point in smartphone design.As for the display... Read more...
Apple just held a pretty big event on Monday, during which it launched a 12-inch MacBook, revised MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, a price cut on the Apple TV, and pricing details on the much hyped Apple Watch family. With all of the news and speculation surrounding those products now out the windows, it shouldn’t take a brain surgeon to guess what’s next on the agenda. That’s right, more speculation and rumors on the next generation iPhones that are due out in the fall. The Wall Street Journal is leading the charge, asserting that the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus refresh, which will likely be called iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, will gain the Force Touch technology that was introduced on the all-new... Read more...