Association's aim is to improve cryptographic and data keys, thwart physical and online attacks
Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members.
Part is likely to be the PowerVR Series6XT GX6650, running at 1.4GHz
An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing.
Exact sources of leaks unclear
Photos from websites in China and Vietnam show what are claimed to be completed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, even though the products are only officially shipping on Friday. In Vietnam, the devices are said to have been spotted in a Red River restaurant by an Associated Press reporter. To gauge their authenticity, the reporter tested apps like Messages and Siri. Chinese images of the phones stem from people on MacX's forums.
Downloads still optional for 16GB models
People picking up a 64 or 128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus later this week will find several of Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed, a leaked internal Apple training document reveals. The company specifically lists iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. "These apps are also available as a free download from the App Store for the 16GB models," Apple writes.
Puts jobs of 5,596 people at risk
UK retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration -- the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection -- following a decision by network operator EE not to renew a contract ending in September 2015. The company now lacks any network partners, as earlier this month Vodafone said it would skip extending its own contract. All of Phones 4U's 550 stores are shut today, and will only reopen if and when administrators decide business can resume. The situation could endanger the jobs of some 5,596 workers.
Black one remaining option
Apple has winnowed its official case selection for the iPhone 5s down to just a single black option, checks of the company's online store show. Previously there were was a collection of several leather cases in different colors. At the moment, Apple appears to be concentrating on production of leather and silicone cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Full weekend numbers being kept quiet
Having only made ambiguous references on Friday, Apple has today officially announced that it achieved a "record" 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability. "Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October," the company continues.
Traditionally quick to upgrade, new health features may increase adoption further
Although it is not surprising to learn that Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad have an above-average adoption rate among medical professionals, new information from a networking site devoted to doctors has shed new insight on the relationship between Apple and the medical field. Doximity, described by Forbes as a "LinkedIn for doctors," reports that of its 300,000 member database, some 85 percent of doctors carry iPhones -- and they tend to upgrade to new models very quickly.
CM4 announces new wallet case for iPhone 6
Mobile accessories designer CM4 has announced the introduction of its Q Card Case for the iPhone 6. A one-piece design, the Q Card case protects the user's phone in addition to storing credit cards, cash and IDs. Its rubber-and-fabric composition aims to minimize overall bulk. The Q Card Case for iPhone 6 is now available to order for $40, with shipping beginning next week.
HEVC implementation likely assisted by hardware boost, offers high-quality video calls
In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.
Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price
Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.
Features relegated to October
Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master.
Timeouts, rejected credit card charges among problems
A number of people trying to place early preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been met with technical issues. Shoppers are complaining, for instance that they were initially unable to buy unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T models. Apple servers in fact appear to have had problems connecting to carrier servers, forcing the company to issue reservation numbers via email that people could use to complete an order within the next 24 hours.
Apple watch…why bother?
As everyone knows by now, this week Apple took the wraps off their latest creation -- the Apple Watch. While there was much hype about this device leading up to its release, some MacNN forum-goers don't seem to think there is much reason to get this particular device over the competition, as is discussed in the thread titled "Apple watch…why bother." One Mac Elite wonders if the Apple Watch will be on display in stores before it is available for sale.
AT&T to follow T-Mobile, Sprint in providing Wi-Fi calling capabilities
AT&T will be bringing Wi-Fi calling to its network, though customers will have to wait until 2015. The president and CEO of AT&T's Mobile and Business Solutions group Ralph de la Vega claimed that the technology will be made available to customers, but not until the carrier has worked to prevent calls from dropping on the service.
Company declines to give specifics
Overnight preorders of the iPhone 6 achieved "record" numbers, an Apple spokesperson claims. The company is not, however, offering specific figures. A similar statement has been issued by AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, who says that preorder demand is higher than any time in the past two years. Apple and all of the major US carriers are believed to have sold out of their initial preorder stock for the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, resulting in shipping times stretching out to 3-4 weeks.
Customers report difficulty as servers hammered with demand
Buyers trying to be among the first to pre-order the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are running into problems, including overloaded Apple servers, carrier communication issues, and an absent player. Ironically, Apple's own Online Store was among the last outlet to open its pre-ordering page, though reports indicate that at least some users are successfully able to pre-order their preferred model, size and color.
Store to return at midnight for flood of expected early adopters
[Update: Pre-orders have begun] The familiar "We'll be back" sign has appeared on the US and other countries' online Apple Stores in advance of the expected 12AM PT Friday opening for pre-orders on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Customers in Australia, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Puerto Rico and of course the US can pre-order the devices, which will appear at retail September 19.
May require iOS 8, hardware upgrade in order to play true 24-bit audio files
Audio and video equipment maker Philips has debuted a new headphone set for iOS devices that offers a pair of distinct differences: it features 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and amplification built right within the headphones, and it uses a Lightning connector rather than a standard 3.5mm connector. The Fidelio M2L headphones are said to the first to use the Lightning connector.
Catch: pricing available on 16GB models only, Sam's Club prices $2 cheaper
Walmart, as is its custom, is planning to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at a slight discount from other merchants. The company is reported to be taking $20 off the standard price, lowering the cost to $179 for a base model iPhone 6, or $279 for a base-model iPhone 6 Plus (both with new two-year contract). Those who pre-order from Walmart starting tomorrow will also get a $15 e-gift card.
Formerly Mac-only app makes use of iOS 8 Extensions
Panic will be bringing its Transmit file manager to iOS with the release of iOS 8, according to an announcement. The new app is currently in beta, and will be able to handle both FTP and local files. iOS 8 is essential because the app will make heavy use of Extensions; separate apps will be able to save files to a local Transmit folder, or else use Transmit to upload to FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, and Amazon S3 servers.
Includes Apple, major carriers
(Updated with in-store pickup news) In the US, online preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will begin at 12:01AM Pacific time Friday morning. While Apple has yet to announce an exact hour, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have, and traditionally Apple has opened up preorders at the same time. Other vendors, like T-Mobile, are referencing a broad September 12th window.
Switch from paper to digital
For the launch of the iPhone 6 on September 19th, Apple Stores will use a new system called Reservation Pass, a report says. During past Apple product launches, people in line have typically been given paper cards specifying the particular model they asked for. This let stores keep rough track of inventory while ensuring that people wouldn't waste their time if a model happened to be sold out.
London-based startup to bolster BlackBerry's BYOD programs
BlackBerry has announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a UK-based startup pioneering virtual-SIM technology, allowing a single device to have multiple phone numbers associated with it. The buy would bring technology for a "bring-your-own-device" user to have one device spanning a business number with associated apps and contacts, and a personal contact number on the same phone without juggling multiple SIM cards.
Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy
The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26th, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27th.
Apple practices usual scaled US rollout
Two American regional carriers, US Cellular and C Spire, have announced plans to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 19th -- the same day as nationals AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Other regionals will only begin offering the device on September 26th, including Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Silver State Communications, Strata, and Syringa Wireless. Some will reveal their plans soon, including GCI, nTelos, Carolina West Wireless, Chariton, Consumer Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, and Thumb Cellular.
New iPhone pricing not yet revealed, may foreshadow revised China ship date
Apple's homepage for India has revealed that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are to debut in the country on October 17, nearly a month after the US and first-wave countries' debut. The US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Puerto Rico will all get the iPhone on the first day of retail availability, September 19. China was to have been a part of that first wave, but the iPhone has been delayed there due to foot-dragging by regulatory agencies.
Follows Verizon offer for free iPhone 6 with recent iPhone trade-in
With nine days to go before the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, retailers are beginning to bring out offers to entice current smartphone owners to cash in or trade in their current device for a discount on the cost of the latest iPhone. Following previous reports of cash-in services locking in prices and giving sellers a month to send in their phones, and Verizon offering free (base model) iPhone 6 units to those trading in a working iPhone 4 or later, Radio Shack is offering both a trade-in and gift card incentive program.
Otterbox releases cases compatible with upcoming iPhone 6
Otterbox has announced a new lineup of cases for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Defender Series, Commuter Series, Commuter Series Wallet, Symmetry Series and Clearly Protected screen protectors are all now available for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with iPhone 6 Plus cases due to be available soon. Pricing starts at $20 for screen protectors, and $40 for cases.
Exploits hooks in new OS
The system-integrated version of SwiftKey's mobile keyboard will be coming to iOS next week with the launch of iOS 8 on September 17, the developer has confirmed. A SwiftKey iOS app -- Note -- already exists, but is largely self-contained. The new app will take advantage of iOS 8's support for system-wide third-party keyboards.
Priced at A$129 each, service fees vary per device
As anticipated, Apple has introduced AppleCare+ plans to Australia. Separate plans cover the iPhone, iPad, and iPods. Each plan is priced at A$129, but has different service fees for accidental damage. The iPhone fee is A$99, whereas it's just A$65 for an iPad. iPods are subject to a A$45 fee.
New plan avoids sales tax, allows upgrades every 24 months
Sprint has announced a new option for iPhone users or potential buyers on its network with a new program, "iPhone for Life," that allows users to rent, rather than purchase, an iPhone model and routinely upgrade it every two years by simply adding $20 per month to their existing or new plan. New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure explained that the $20 monthly fee would be for a base model, but customers save on financing or paying full price on the device by avoiding sales tax.
Apple Watch may be first new product never seen by Jobs, Apple Pay 'incredibly safe'
In interviews with the Wall Street Journal and ABC News' David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated many of the sentiments expressed during the Tuesday press even that introduced the two new iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch wearable and the Apple Pay mobile payments system. He also, however, had a few words in response to questions, ranging from his thoughts on Steve Jobs in the three years since his passing, and how the iPhone 6 will trigger "the mother of all upgrades."
WaterField releases Spinn leather holster for iPhone 6
WaterField Designs has announced its new case for iPhone 6, the Spinn leather holster. Composed of full-grain leather, the Spinn case features a patent-pending wheel designed to keep one's headphones organized and untangled. The interior of the case is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede for added cushioning protection, and cleans the iPhone's screen when inserted and removed from the case. Available in black, "chocolate" or "grizzly", the Spinn leather holster is can be pre-ordered now for $60 as is and $70 with an added belt clip. Shipping is due to begin in October.
Apple updates iTunes to 11.4 for syncing with iOS 8-running devices
Apple on Tuesday updated its iTunes software for Macs running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and higher (as well as for Windows users) so that it will work with mobile devices running iOS 8, in advance of the latter's September 17 arrival. The update also benefits developers and Appleseed testers who have been working with iOS 8 for some time already, in preparation for its release. The release notes simply say that the update allows users "to sync movies, music, and more to devices running iOS 8." It is available through Software Update.
Electronista, MacNN staff discuss the new announcements from the fall event
A great deal of conversation between the MacNN and Electronista staff happens behind the scenes, especially when something like keynotes are ongoing. This week's annual Apple mobile announcement is no different. Writers Mike and Jordan, along with editor Charles, tackle some of the issues surrounding the mass-media Apple reveal that Tim Cook helmed today, showing the iPhone 6 family, and the Apple Watch.
iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Today Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 with a larger 4.7-inch screen, and followed it up with the iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts an even larger 5.5-inch screen. This has MacNN forum-goers discussing what new model they will choose in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?". Moderator "Rumor" has been using Connect360 to stream content from OS X to an xBox 360, and wonders if anyone else has any recommendations.
Likely to be final pre-release versions of each
Apple has started seeding the gold master versions of iOS 8 and Xcode 6 to developers. The former is build 12A365, while the latter is 6A313. Both should be the identical to the versions that reach the public, barring the discovery of serious bugs that might prevent the software from working or create serious security issues.
U2 partnership allows large launch, free Sounds of Innocence album until October 13
Not leaving a stone unturned, Apple made a final announcement during the iPhone 6 unveiling that moved away from hardware. After bringing the much rumored U2 to the stage to play a song during the event, Tim Cook and Bono played out a little event on stage that would lead to one of the biggest musical launches in history, and it was happening on iTunes.
Two days ahead of new iPhones
During today's Apple press event, the company quickly mentioned that iOS 8 will be available to download free starting on September 17. The oldest devices compatible with it will be the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and fifth-generation iPod touch. It will come preloaded on Apple's newest devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Uses NFC technology, Touch ID, Secure Element
Apple today announced Apple Pay, its long-awaited mobile payment system. The technology relies on a mix of Passbook, Touch ID, and new NFC and "Secure Element" hardware in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Users can add credit cards from their iTunes account, or take a photo of one and verify it with the bank. A credit card number isn't stored on a phone or shared, and transactions are tokenized, as was rumored. Should a phone be stolen, Find My iPhone can be used to disable purchasing functions, eliminating the need to cancel cards. Cashiers don't see any of the transaction data.
Faster A8 processor debuts, improved camera, thinner body
As expected, Apple has formally debuted the long-speculated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at its press event this morning in Cupertino. The new models will take their place as the flagship phones, featuring much higher pixel count of one million pixels (for the iPhone 6, a 1334x750 resolution @ 326ppi) and two million pixels (for the 6 Plus, a Full HD 1920x1080 resolution @ 401ppi). The new iPhones are both thinner than any previous model, at 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively, and come with up to 128GB capacity.
Major announcements anticipated
Apple is today hosting a special event at the Frank Center in Cupertino. Tune into our live blog to follow along -- the event starts at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern. The company is expected to announce new iPhones, the iWatch, and possibly surprises such as a mobile payment system.
Specs may potentially disappoint some people
A Chinese Weibo user -- who over the weekend claimed to have posted photos and videos of a working iPhone 6 -- has now posted benchmarks, indicating that the device will have a 1.38GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Although it will presumably be a dual-core 64-bit processor, like the A7 in the iPhone 5s, the specifications may potentially come as a disappointment. Rival smartphones are typically 32-bit, but often equipped with quad-core chips rated over 2GHz and with at least 2GB of RAM.
Apple Stores, McDonalds also said to be receiving upgraded beacons, NFC terminals
Ahead of an expected announcement of an Apple-led mobile payments solution, there have been new reports that prominent retailers such as Disney Stores, McDonald's and Apple's own retail stores have joined the ranks of businesses receiving new, upgraded NFC readers and iBeacon sensors as required. The system, if successful, could offer a future alternative to the planned move to a "chip and PIN" credit- and debit-card system already widely in use in Canada and Europe.
May also involve new device partnership, such as Product (RED) promotion
Despite denials by the band themselves, The New York Times on Monday reported that the rock group will play "a significant part" in the Tuesday media event for Apple, possibly performing songs from the group's latest album and announcing some form of tie-up on one of the new devices. A previous report that the next U2 album would come pre-loaded on the next iPhone continues to be unlikely, as Apple has a long history of avoiding promotionally-motivated "bloatware."
Network appears to have been granted insider access, keeping mum for now
Apple plans on making a "groundbreaking" announcement tomorrow, alongside its introduction of new iPhones and a possible "iWatch," according to ABC News. The network plans to run a post-announcement special segment at 6:30PM in most time zones hosted by its lead anchor David Muir -- who has apparently been given special insider access to the event and what Apple has planned. The teaser trailer infers that Muir will be interviewing Apple executives, possibly including CEO Tim Cook.
Expected to join regular iPhone 6 at launch
The 5.5-inch iPhone -- possibly called the iPhone 6 Plus -- should ship alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on September 19, says French site iGen. It's indicated however that quantities of the 5.5-inch model will be limited. Past reports have suggested that the phone has experienced production problems, and indeed the device has been seen in far fewer leaks than its 4.7-inch sibling.
Storage capacities expected to remain unchanged
The 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the iPhone 6 Plus, says Japanese site Macotakara. The site also suggests that the new iPhone lineup will come with the same color and storage options as the iPhone 5s, and casts doubt on whether there will be a 128GB model, as has been rumored elsewhere. Largely-discarded rumors once hinted that Apple might drop 16GB has an option, like some other smartphone makers are doing.
Apple Stores, other locations already equipped for NFC
Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system will use tokenization, sources claim. The technology involves substituting debit and credit card numbers with complex, one-time codes. In theory this ensures that even if transaction data is intercepted, it can't be used again. Tokens also have potential beyond payments, extending to areas like transit passes or physical security.