Posts tagged with: iPhone 6
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    Hating the iPhone is the new hating the Super Bowl champions. And if that's not a thing that people do, well, sorry: I don't get sports. Point is, Apple's new flagship just set a bevy of sales records –again– and seems poised to carry Apple through another successful year – again, again. So why do people hate the iPhone so much? We'll touch on that before launching into the far more important discussion of just how these phones actually work in the real world, from our own experiences to the unfortunate souls who got "the bends." All that in the show ahead, plus Android flip-phone ...

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    Well, that was fast. This week has seen Apple making swift moves with the updates it's been preparing for iOS 8, and in just a matter of hours we went from looking at an iOS 8.0.1 changelog leak, to seeing the update itself arrive, to hearing users complain that it was killing the cellular connection on their phones, to Apple halting distribution and releasing an 8.0.0 downgrade. At least we'd come full circle, and our phones were usable again, but what of all those bugfixes 8.0.1 was supposed to deliver in the first place? Apple told us to sit tight, as it was hard at work on an 8.0.2 ...

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    Yesterday afternoon Apple started with distribution of its iOS 8.0.1 update. Having just looked at a leaked list of bugfixes and improvements, we were happy to see the update already going live, but those good feelings didn't last for long, as users were quick to take to social media to report major new issues being introduced with 8.0.1, especially a near-phone-killing bug that broke cellular radio connectivity. Apple subsequently pulled the plug on the update, but what happens now? In a new statement, the company confirms plans to deliver 8.0.2 in the days to come, as well as provides ...

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    One of the reasons that Apple has always been reluctant to release a large-screened phone was because you couldn't reach all parts of the screen with one hand while holding the device. That's a very important aspect of mobile phone usability. When we're mobile, we're often carrying something in one hand while walking with our legs and we may need to use a phone with one hand to make a call, send an email, look at a map, etc. That's the whole reason that Steve Jobs was so adamant that the original iPhone's screen size was the perfect size. Then screen sizes started getting bigger on the ...

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    Smartphones have been bent before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Smartphones will be bent after these models are long forgotten. But for the moment, with so many Apple users moving up to larger-screened handsets for what may be the first time ever, the sheer number of reports of bend-damaged hardware is hard to ignore. The good news is that Apple doesn't appear to be leaving its customers hanging, and that even this clearly user-caused damage may be covered under the phone's warranty. The only problem is that there's no hard-and-fast rule for what level of damage Apple will accept and ...

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    And yet… Yesterday, we talked about a few good reasons why now is the time to jump ship from your current platform and move to iOS. Whether your current pocket pal is of the Windows Phone variety or Android, there are a few good reasons to at least kick the tires on it. Those were detailed in yesterday’s article. But now we’re here to talk about why you should not switch over. It’s just a bigger screen One of the major selling points to this year’s iPhone offerings is the increased screen size. The original iPhones had screens that were suited for one-handed use, which is great ...

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    Apple calls the iSight camera dotting the back of its iPhone "the world's most popular camera," and whether or not you agree with that bit of marketing-speak, you've got to hand it to the company: the iPhone has carried some impressive optics for a few generations now. The iPhone 6 camera boasts an 8-megapixel sensor with a pixel size of 1.5 microns and an aperture of f/2.2. It doesn't offer the fancy optical image stabilization of its bigger sibling, but it does carry a form of digital stabilization that combines four short exposures into one refined end product. There's ...

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    If you watched Pocketnow's Moto X vs Galaxy S5 comparison, you'll remember that for a huge swath of the US, Samsung's Galaxy S line is the de facto iPhone alternative. If you're not buying Apple, odds are you're shopping for The Next Big Thing (despite the fact that there's a whole other platform out there, but I digress). Given this iPhone vs Galaxy mindset, it seemed prudent to put the best of Apple up against the best of Samsung to see who came out on top. While our comparisons generally avoid focusing on a "winner," preferring to leave the ultimate decision up to you, I decided to ...

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    Yesterday evening we were checking out the latest rumors about what's next for iOS 8, looking at a leaked list of improvements to expect in iOS 8.0.1. With word that the update was already in the hands of carriers, we were optimistic that a release could be just around the corner. As it turns out, that expectation was right on the money, and today we see Apple go ahead with distributing its iOS 8.0.1 update. Sure enough, the official release notes mention some of those bugfixes we told you about yesterday, along with quite a few additional improvements. Those include fixes for issues with ...

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    Two weeks ago Friday, I was sitting up in bed at 2:50 AM waiting on the flood gates to open. The iPhone 6 pre-orders were about to begin and I needed to make sure I ordered an iPhone 6 Plus before the dreaded backorder prompt appeared. Turns out, I was pretty lucky. After refreshing the Apple Store webpage at least four hundred times, I grabbed my iPad mini and opened up the Apple Store app. I added a 64GB Space Gray iPhone 6 Plus to my cart and finally checked out around 3:40 AM. According to Twitter at the time, I was one of the very first to complete an order. My friend Jason Cipriani ...

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    For those of you familiar with my weekend debate column on Sundays, you know that I like to sometimes take a step back and look at both sides of an issue. Sure it might be a little like fence riding, but I prefer to think of it as arguing both sides of a point to make sure it is understood fully. Well, today and tomorrow, I’ll be outlining two sides of another issue – reasons you should and should not switch to iPhone. So before you see this headline and immediately jump down to the comments to call me an Apple fanboi, first of all, the only thing more wrong than that is French ...

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    Folks, Apple has begun to flex its marketing muscle. Hot off of releasing new TV ads starring The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and artist Justin Timberlake, the company is now turning to the almost-prehistoric print media to continue advertising its new iPhones. Its latest set of iPhone 6 print ads boasts actual-sized reproductions of the two new phones. There's nothing too special about these ads other than the fact that they're accurate representations of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The ad pictured below is pulled from Rolling Stone, though the ad could spread to other magazines ...

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    Does Apple really need to do a lot of convincing to get people excited about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Probably not, at least based on the record sales numbers Apple's reporting. But it surely can't hurt to get the word out there, and to help it accomplish this task, the company has tapped the voice talents of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. After starring in an early set of clips two weeks back on launch day, the duo is back with two more, talking-up the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus's size and camera prowess. To Apple fans who watched the launch event and have been following subsequent ...

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    Over the last few years, smartphones have evolved to accommodate for new use cases, primarily multimedia consumption – gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, and browsing the web. As a result smartphones have grown from less than 4-inches in size to an average rapidly approaching the 5-inch threshold. Apple is one of the very last to jump on the larger smartphone bandwagon. Its last increase in size was from a 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch display, adding only vertical dimension and pixels to the existing panel. That wasn't enough, though. Other smartphones dwarfed the iPhone 5 and ...

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    It's no secret that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are attracting some serious interest from shoppers. Users are flocking to the new sizes as if 3.5 and 4-inch iPhones never existed, embracing this new era for Apple's hardware. Last week, we saw the company confirm a record start to its pre-orders, pulling in four million in just the first day alone. Since then, we've seen outright sales begin, including those at Apple's retail stores. Now Apple's stepping up to announce another record-setting statistic, selling north of ten million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in the three days following ...

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    That title calls for a disclaimer. As anyone who's looked at my Twitter profile knows, I’m not just a Windows phone user; I use Android too, and I occasionally sprinkle in BlackBerry and Sailfish when I'm feeling sporty. But I spend a little less than half my waking time with Windows software powering my communicator of choice, and my last 24 hours with iOS have given me a few insights about how these platforms differ – and how they don’t. From aesthetics to fluidity, Apple and Microsoft match up nicely. Both iOS and Windows Phone are tightly controlled software experiences that ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    Hold onto your butts: it’s iPhone day. As you may have seen, my colleague Taylor Martin earlier today took delivery of Apple’s new 5.5-inch phablet the iPhone 6 Plus, which we spent a little time getting to know on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. As for me, well ... I’ve had my fill of big smartphones for the moment, so I opted for the lesser of two iPhones. Cutting the protective film away and lifting up the box lid carefully so as to avoid any accidents, we’re shown the device front-and-center, a presentation that’s become widespread - but don’t forget: Apple is the ...

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    One of the primary reasons sites like Pocketnow exist is to review and evaluate the vast array of smartphones on the market at any given time, compile our findings, and report our thoughts and observations back to you. We do the hard work and heavy lifting so you can make the most informed decision when you go to by a smartphone for yourself. If this were a static, unchanging list, the task would be fairly easy, but it's not. The smartphones available t0 buy at any given time can easily rise into the dozens for mainstream devices, and into the hundreds when looking at everything that's ...

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    We get it: with not just one, but two new iPhone models arriving today, emotions are running high. Apple fans have been waiting years for the chance to pick up a larger-screened handset, and between that, the promise of mobile payments, and the whole slew of other features Apple's delivering, there's plenty reason to be excited, But we'd like to take this opportunity to suggest that you new iPhone owners remember to keep your enthusiasm in check, lest you end up like the kid in the video below, introducing his brand new iPhone 6 to the pavement. Australia's in a prime location for ...

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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    A little earlier this afternoon we were talking about Samsung's retail plans for its latest phablets, and in particular what kind of pricing the Note Edge might find. At the time, we mentioned how Samsung didn't give us a very tight release window for the Edge, only saying that it would be out before the end of the year. That's in contrast to what the manufacturer had revealed about the Galaxy Note 4, announcing at the time of the phone's launch that sales would get underway in October. As it turns out, even that may be too long of a wait to get this horse out of the gate, and we hear this ...

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    At times when the spec sheet is everything for Android smartphones, Apple and Microsoft have adopted a much different approach to hardware. We have seen Microsoft change its game recently with devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows, but that doesn't change the fact that Windows Phone requires very little hardware to run smoothly. The same can be said of iOS, and if you thought that Apple needs a V8 engine to run its new phablet, think again. As reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have begun to emerge, one of the most interesting claims that we see is that both the iPhone 6 and the ...

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    If you believed all the iPhone rumors and leaks from the last several months, you weren't surprised when Apple announced not one, but two new handsets last week. You also weren't surprised when both of those handsets were significantly larger than the 3.5- and 4-inch iPhones of yore. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. For the iPhone crowd, phones that stretch your pockets and grip are something entirely new. It's something that, paired with the iOS 8 update, is sure to bring some Android converts back into the iOS fold. And it may send users ...

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    If you were following iPhone 6 rumors going all the way back through the beginning of the year, you were probably a little surprised to see the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut without a sapphire display on either of them. Reports about Apple's sapphire investment may have gone back-and-forth over whether both screen sizes would see the sapphire treatment, but surely at least one of them would end up with such an extremely scratch-resistant screen, right? Well, apparently not, and post-launch rumors attempted to frame the component's absence as a late-stage manufacturing issue. But is that ...

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