Chinese launch weighting phone's demand
Apple may, for a second time, have to adjust the ratios of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus production to more equally favor the Plus, sources tell Digitimes. Earlier this month, the company is said to have noticed that global demand for the Plus was stronger than expected, and adjusted accordingly. After last weekend's launch in China, though, the company is said to have discovered strong demand there, too. Chinese buyers wanting a regular iPhone 6 can reportedly buy one without much trouble, but face a long wait if they opt for the bigger phone.
MLB was early adopter of Passbook app, iBeacons; MLB app will gain Touch ID functionality
Major League Baseball, which has taken the role of unabashed cheerleader for several of Apple's financial and retail technology initiatives including Passbook and iBeacons, has announced another embrace -- this time, Apple Pay. Both of the two MLB stadiums involved in this year's World Series will be accepting Apple Pay for concessions starting with the event, which begins on Tuesday. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will both have the hardware on hand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.
iPad shipments see decline
Apple pulled in $42.12 billion in revenues during its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended in September, according to an announcement. That figure surpasses the $37.47 billion the company posted in Q4 2013, as well as consensus expectations of $40 billion, and Apple's own guidance in the last quarter. Net profits rose year-over-year from $7.5 billion -- or $1.18 per diluted share -- to $8.5 billion and $1.42 per share. Gross margins increased from 37 to 38 percent.
Rewards and other perks will remain the same as if physical card had been used
Financial services and credit card issuer American Express has posted a new web page on its site, extolling the benefits of Apple Pay and instructing users on how to add their cards to the Passbook-based payment system. The mobile payment system is designed for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (now expanded to include the latest iPads for online or in-app purchases only) and will be formally rolled out on Monday, alongside the release of iOS 8.1.
Preorder system, midnight carrier debuts credited
The Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing, one of the company's most important in China, was witness to a "low-key" iPhone 6 launch Friday morning, says the Wall Street Journal. As close as an hour before store opening, just a handful of people had lined up, even less than the 24 security guards Apple had on site. The line grew to around 100 people by launch, but composed entirely of preorder customers with assigned pickup times. People without preorder reservations simply waited for their turn to get in line.
Rdio introduces CarPlay compatibility to its iOS app
Music subscription service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app, featuring new CarPlay support and other iOS 8 inclusions. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0.4 adds push notifications for iOS 8 users, and high-resolution images and album artwork optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look at useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win.
Said to be heavily involved in chips for iPhone 6
Taiwanese supplier TSMC has secured orders to produce a processor for an "upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015," according to Digitimes sources. The chip is said to be "tentatively" codenamed the A8X, and be based on the same 20nm manufacturing process as the A8. TSMC is said to be producing A8 chips for the iPhone 6, and even a variety of related chips, including Dialog power management ICs, Qualcomm baseband chips, Synaptics LCD driver ICs, InvenSense gyroscropes, and Apple's own fingerprint sensors.
If you want the best smartphone experience you can have, only iPhone can deliver it
Making the decision to buy a smartphone needs to take into account more factors than simply the hardware specifications of the device. While this might be a starting point, there is a lot more to the contemporary smartphone experience than the device itself. There needs to be an overall balance between the hardware, software, services and overall system integration - and on each of these counts, Apple and its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continues to lead the competition.
Expansions due on 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st
Although some launches were previously announced, Apple has today confirmed that 36 more regions will be getting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus throughout the month. China, India, and Monaco are leading the new wave of expansion beginning October 17. Israel is due on the 23rd, while the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa are scheduled for the 24th.
Nearly $250M in accessories sold after iPhone 6 debut, up 43 percent
According to a new report from sales analyst NPD, mobile phone accessories in the US hit a new record in the two weeks immediately following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Accessory sales were seen to be 43 percent higher than the two weeks before the launch, and far better than the 17 percent increase seen in the same period after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last year. The new total for accessories in the fortnight was $249 million, topping last year's $195 million.
One week prior to official roll-out, China carriers seeing US-like levels of demand
Official pre-orders for the iPhone 6 finally went live in China early Friday morning, with more than a million orders being taken in the first six hours of availability. The new pre-orders would be different from the more than nine million "reservations" taken by other carriers and resellers, meaning that opening weekend sales -- which are scheduled to open in China on October 17 -- could easily surpass the combined first-weekend sales of the nine countries the iPhone 6 line debuted to in September.
All models contract-free
Sprint-owned Boost Mobile has announced it will begin selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, October 17. Since Boost is a prepaid carrier, buyers will have to pay for a contract-free device -- but the company is slashing $100 off the price of each model. A 16GB iPhone 6 will therefore cost $549, for example, and an equivalent iPhone 6 Plus will be $649. The 64GB and 128GB options will also be available.
Other sources say sapphire company has filed motion to wind down operations
More details continue to be dug up in the unexpected filing of bankruptcy by Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, with the Wall Street Journal reporting for the first time that the failure of the company in meeting Apple's contract requirements stems directly from a failure to deliver sapphire glass in quantities intended to be used for the iPhone 6 line. The paper does not clarify if the sapphire glass was not up to par, or the company simply couldn't make enough to meet demand.
iPhone 6 Plus could be the device that converts you into a phablet lover
Apple has certainly made life difficult for would be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers. This year, it revealed not one, but two high-end iPhones that are both highly desirable making it the first time buyers have been faced with such a choice. Unsurprisingly, early tracking data from Mixpanel shows that the iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus at a ratio of about 4.5:1. However, there are a few compelling reasons that you might want to consider before you choose the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 6 Plus.
Google News & Weather released for iOS
Google has released its News and Weather app for iOS, offering iPhone and iPad users a personalized news interface. Originally released for Android last month, users can access news coverage from sixty-five thousand publications by way of simple swipe-access to various categories. The layout is highly customizable, with option to choose from sixty country-specific editions and news sections such as Hollywood, NASA, Fashion, and more. To view more in-depth content, users can tap any story to view a full story. Free to download, Google News and Weather requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.
Suppliers prioritizing iPhone 6, 6 Plus demand
Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro', but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger-screen iPad now."
pigment ink vs dye ink printers
This week in the MacNN forums, members debate the the differences between pigment ink and dye ink in printers, after one Mac Enthusiast started a thread trying to determine which kind of ink was ultimately better. Good news coming from the forums on iOS 8 today, as one Professional Poster reports that they have not found any bugs so far in iOS 8.0.2 on an iPhone 6.
Already at 16.5 percent, company said to be ordering up to 250M chipsets for iPhone 6, Apple Watch
New estimates on Apple's consumption of DRAM for mobile phones and chips to be used in the iPhone 6 line alongside the Apple Watch will continue to keep demand at high levels, two different sources report in various trade publications. One analyst believes that by this time next year, Apple will require some 25 percent of the world's output of DRAM chips, continuing to constrain supplies for competitors. The company is also said to have ordered up to 250 million chips for its iPhone 6 line and Apple Watch across the next year.
Latest 1Password improves Touch ID support, adds iPhone 6 Plus support
A new version of password manager 1Password has been released for the iPhone and iPad, offering support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of 3x higher resolution images and improved icons. The update also improves Touch ID support to be more reliable, and simplifies the app's security settings. A new option has been added to disable third-party keyboards inside the 1Password app (since theoretically such keyboard could transmit keystrokes), and users can now create tags to help sort data. The app itself is free, but a "pro" in-app purchase to unlock additional features costs $10.
Device accidentally sent by Verizon, seller claims
A seller on eBay is auctioning what is claimed to be a functioning, 64GB iPhone 6 prototype. The person says that they were accidentally sent the device when renewing their contract with Verizon. The unit is running test software, rather than iOS 8, and lacks FCC markings or even a model number. Another point of interest is the Lightning port, which is surrounded by a red lip not present on finished iPhones.
Legere questions why people sit on their iPhones, notes it hasn't slowed sales
Talking at the GeekWire Summit 2014 this month, the ever-vocal T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about the how ludicrous he believed the current bending controversy was surrounding the iPhone 6. Coming off of a point talking about how his company is forcing the industry to change, Legere jokingly sat on his iPhone, only to say that the bending issue "is such horse----."
6 Plus proving unusually popular
Chinese reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already over the four million mark, reports Tencent. The devices hit the 2 million mark just a few hours after reservations opened and have now doubled after a full day. The new data is said to have been culled directly from companies processing the reservations for carriers and retailers.
New iPhone wins handily despite half the number of CPUs, RAM
Though it has often been said that "specs aren't everything" when it comes to buying electronic devices, many consumers are still swayed by things like RAM or processing speed alone when considering device purchases. A new speed test by enthusiast site PhoneBuff, however, may convince many buyers to re-think the importance of the spec sheet. The new iPhone 6 was tested against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), and won the race handily.
Most shoppers going for 64GB models
Carriers and retailers have booked over two million reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in just the first six hours of the option becoming available, according to local news sources ITHome and Sina. Most of the initial reservations are said to be for 64GB models of the phones, even though both are far more expensive than their counterparts in the US. A 64GB iPhone 6 in China costs the equivalent of $991, while a 64GB 6 Plus is $1,122. In the US -- without a contract -- the same hardware is $749 and $849.
Demand for larger sizes, increase average selling price drive analyst interest
Apple is not the only company that believes the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not only drive a bigger upgrade cycle, but also bring at least some switchers from the Android platform. Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra has reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL and raised the price target to $125, along with encouraging investors to buy the stock in a new memo to clients. He also published optimistic estimates for both the September and December quarters in terms of iPhone sales.
Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and more
With the release of the golden master candidate of Yosemite to developers, there has been renewed interest in the MacNN forums about when this next update will be out of beta and in the App store for everyone. Forum Regular "webraider" was attempting to purchase a contract free factory unlocked iPhone 6, but has run unto some problems and wonders if anyone has an answer.
Assembly line work no longer as attractive
Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce.
Holdup revealed to be privacy concerns by regulators, October 10 still rumored debut
[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.
Spec sheets belie just how powerful and efficient the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are
This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1, we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones might be best for you.
Long-delayed device hampered by regulatory approval process
While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10.
Testing finds that larger iPhone 6 Plus actually less prone than iPhone 6
Adding to new suspicions that some of the "iPhone 6 Plus easily bends" videos appearing on the web may have been staged, Consumer Reports has now weighed in with the results of its own independent testing that largely refutes the claims that the phones can bend easily. After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One (M8) is actually the most prone to deformation.
'Bendghazi' controversy not phasing sales, swift refutation by Apple credited
After falling four percent on Thursday, Apple's stock closed out the week by bouncing back and regaining more than half the drop as Wall Street reacted positively to the company's refutation of the "bending" controversy. Some new questions are being raised about the original video that started the kerfuffle, as careful observation reveals that the video was edited (and the reported noted in the video that his iPhone 6 was already slightly bent before demonstrating the flaw). Investment firms Stifel Nicolaus and BMO Capital Markets have both raised their target prices for AAPL.
iOS 8.0.2 update fixes some reported issues
Today in the MacNN forums, members are discussing the second update to iOS 8. Some report no problems as of yet, others are stating there are some things missing such as recent pics. One Junior Member was trying to figure out why it was that every time they used "Find My iPhone" on the iPhone 6, it erased all their music.
China still not on list due to regulatory morass; grey market thriving
While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated.
Apple copes with two simultaneous crises
[Updated: iOS 8.0.2 is now available, and Apple issues apology] The promised fix for iOS 8.0.1 will come in the form of an v8.0.2 download "as soon as it's ready in the next few days," according to a new Apple support document. In the meantime, the webpage offers instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.0 using iTunes and direct download links for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the firmware. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update," the company continues.
Schiller suggests owners with bent iPhones visit Apple Stores
Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab, showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues.
Will use machinery previously applied to LG G Flex
Consumer Reports is in the process of testing the bending limits of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to an official post. To run the tests the publication is using a machine capable of up to 1,000 pounds of force, something it previously used to test the intentionally pliable LG G Flex. The new iPhones are supposed to remain rigid, but the 6 Plus, at least, is bending in some owners' pockets after having been in there for just a few hours, according to claims.
Suggests media attention overblown
Apple has issued a statement regarding the escalating "bendgate" controversy surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to CNBC reporter Jon Fortt. The company says that it has only received complaints from nine customers so far, and adds that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations, and use the strongest glass in the industry." So far, it hasn't announced plans to deal with the complaints, even though an AppleCare representative has hinted that it may be possible to get warranty replacements.
82.2 percent favoring regular iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are commanding the Japanese smartphone market, just a week into their availability, according to BCN sales rankings cited by Forbes. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was the most popular phone overall, taking eight out of the top 10 spots, and even then the iPhone 5s claimed 5th and 8th places. The larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus reached no higher than 11th, but still took five out of the next seven spots.
Apple makes substantial improvements across the board on iPhone 6
While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launch each year, there can be little doubt that the wait for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been particularly excruciating. The expected jump in display size with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays has been as eagerly awaited by iPhone fans as it has been causing angst for Apple's competitors. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap over the iPhone 5s. In Part 1 of our combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review, we take a closer look at design and construction, the enhanced display technologies, and the redesigned iSight cameras.
Influential test bests Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3
Backing up anecdotal evidence and tests by independent third parties such as the Wall Street Journal, high-end image software and optical lens testing company DxO Optics has issued its DxOMark ranking of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that both models beat the formerly top-rated Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3. The company, which also ranks high-end DSLR lenses, proclaimed that the new iPhones "set the gold standard for smartphone image quality."
Emphasizes main draw of new models
Apple is running a new print ad in magazines like Rolling Stone, in which the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are presented at "actual sizes," as stated in a tagline. The ad is otherwise minimalist, with logos and a small paragraph of text against a stark white background. "Stunning Retina HD display. Amazing new iSight camera. Powerful 64-bit A8 processor. The most advanced iOS yet. All in an ultraslim design. The new iPhones are bigger than bigger," the paragraph reads.
News already driving down black market prices
The Chinese government has said it is close to certifying the iPhone 6 for sale in the country, according to CNBC's Eunice Yoon. The reporter adds that the news is already resulting in lower black market prices, given views that official sales through Apple and local carriers could begin soon. At the moment, the base model of the iPhone 6 is selling for about $1,900, while the 6 Plus is valued at roughly $3,250. The most popular colors are said to be gold and space gray, which can fetch a premium as high as $500.
Tom's Hardware, AnandTech both find the iPhone beats the rest
Company offering 'iPhone for Life' endless upgrade promotion
New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on Monday tweeted that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this past weekend was the "most successful iPhone launch in our history," in a note thanking Sprint employees for their help. The announcement comes on the heels of Apple's news that it had sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the course of the opening weekend, a new record for the company, and Sprint's recent announcement of a special iPhone-centric lease promotion.
Figure represents doubling of users since Friday, but lags behind iOS 7 adoption
Apple has seen a near-doubling of user adoption of iOS 8 since it rocketed to 20 percent during its first two days of availability, and is now sitting at around 36 percent after the first weekend of iPhone 6 sales, according to figures from various aggregators including Mixpanel and Appsee. While still representing an astonishing uptake compared to any other computer or mobile platform, the figure is actually behind that of iOS 7 at the same point in its release.
Beats record set last year
During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple reported on Monday. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some nine million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year.
Pyle Audio introduces its new Bluetooth blood pressure monitor
Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data.
Now set at $299 for iPhone 6, $329 for iPhone 6 Plus
In a new note on its repairs webpage, Apple has raised prices on out-of-warranty repair costs for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has not, however, increased prices on its $99 AppleCare+ warranty, which adds a second year of coverage and allows two "accidental damage" repairs with a set $79 service fee for each incident. The new OOW repair pricing, at up to $299 and $329 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively, is between $30 and $60 higher than the iPhone 5 family price.