Apple May Have Acquired iPad Publishing Platform Prss

Apple may have acquired Prss, a Dutch-based company that created a web app aimed to help people design magazines for Apple's Newsstand and other magazine platforms, reports iCulture [Google Translation]. While there is no solid proof of the acquisition at this point, iCulture suggests that an inside source has revealed the purchase and Prss co-founder Michel Elings recently moved to the bay area.The Dutch magazine platform Prss was acquired by Apple for an undisclosed amount. This discovery iCulture thanks to a knowledgeable source. This source confirms that several employees of Prss now employed by Apple. Several other former Prss employees are also now located in the bay area according to their LinkedIn profiles, suggesting an acquisition might have taken place in the summer months. Prss has also shut down its Twitter account and its website. Prss was known for creating a browser-based collaborative tool that could be used to design magazines for Apple's Newsstand. The tool included a simple drag-and-drop interface and let up to 30 people collaborate on a project, with the team charging 5 cents per magazine download for published content. iCulture is unsure what role the Prss team will take on at Apple, but suggests the acquisition might have been about talent rather than product. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 3:38 pm

Ron Johnson Launching Gadget Delivery Service, Poaching Apple Employees

Apple's former retail chief Ron Johnson is planning to launch a "high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets, reports The Information's Jessica Lessin. The startup has reportedly been described as "Best Buy's Geek Squad meets Apple's Genius Bar." MacRumors has heard similar rumors about Johnson's startup plans, with a source suggesting he's been attempting to recruit former and current Apple employees, including Jerry McDougal, who once served as Apple's vice president of retail under Johnson. Before leaving Apple, Johnson worked at the company for more than 10 years. He's largely credited with transforming the Apple retail experience and setting the company on a path towards rapid retail growth. In 2011, Johnson left the company to take over as CEO of J.C. Penney, a position that he held for just two years. Following Johnson's departure, Apple's retail division was left in flux, with no successor named. John Browett, formerly CEO of Dixons Retail, took over as head of retail at Apple in 2012, but he was ousted later that same year. Apple remained without a retail chief until the hiring of Angela Ahrendts, former Burberry CEO, who officially joined the company in May 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 3:15 pm

'Industry Scuttlebutt' Hints Apple May Be Planning February Revamp for Beats Music

Apple might be planning to unveil both its revamped music subscription service and its new branding alongside the upcoming 2015 Grammy Awards, reports Re/code, citing some "industry scuttlebutt."When will Apple show off the new version of its subscription service and its new brand? Here's a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt: February -- presumably timed to the Grammy Awards, which will be held Feb. 8.News of an upcoming rebrand first surfaced yesterday, after TechCrunch reported that Apple would be shutting down Beats Music. An Apple representative quickly refuted the claim saying it was "not true." Re/code went on to suggest that while Apple won't be shuttering Beats Music, the company may have plans to "modify it over time," changing the brand name. Apple first acquired Beats Music back in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting the streaming music service would remain as a standalone product. Beats Music was largely seen as Apple's answer to popular services like Spotify, aimed at improving declining music sales. In recent weeks, Apple has made quite an effort to promote Beats Music, adding it to the list of "Apps Made by Apple" and recommending the app to new iOS users. Apple also added a Beats Music channel to the Apple TV last week alongside the release of iOS 8. Thus far, there is no word on what Apple is planning for Beats Music, but a source at TechCrunch has suggested that Apple might roll the streaming music functionality into iTunes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 12:54 pm

Apple TV Gains New FXNOW Channel

Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the Apple TV, providing users with content from the FXNOW network. Previously rumored in July, the new FXNOW channel is the on-demand portion of the FX, FXX, and FXM television channels, all of which are owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. Rumors suggested the FXNOW Apple TV channel would include content from The Simpsons, branded Simpsons World, which includes all 552 episodes of The Simpsons. Early reports on the channel suggested users would be able to create playlists of episodes and share favorite scenes. Currently, however, the channel offers a variety of content from FX, including episodes of The Strain and Sons of Anarchy. Like many cable-based channels on the Apple TV, much of the FXNOW content require cable authentication. Supported cable providers for the FXNOW channel include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Time-Warner. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 12:17 pm

iPhone 6 Component Costs Estimated to Begin at $200, Samsung Supplying Some A8 Chips

As it routinely does for new devices, IHS iSuppli has taken apart the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in an effort to estimate Apple's costs for the components included in the new devices, sharing the results with Re/code. According to IHS iSuppli's teardowns, parts and labor costs for the iPhone 6 are estimated to begin at $200 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 model, giving Apple a roughly 69 percent gross profit margin on the devices. That number of course does not take into account an array of other costs, from research and development to software to marketing and distribution, but it does offer an interesting glimpse at what goes into an iPhone.The margins are in line with more recent iPhone models but higher than the earliest ones. The gross margin on the iPhone 5, released in 2012, and the iPhone 5s, released last year, were about 69 percent, teardown studies at the time of their release showed. On the lower-priced iPhone 5c, also released in 2012, the gross margin was closer to 68 percent. By comparison, the gross margin on the very first iPhone, released in 2007, was closer to 55 percent.Apple does earn slightly higher margins on higher-capacity iPhone 6 models, as the 128 GB of storage is estimated to cost $47 more than the base 16 GB storage while the device retails for $200 more. The iPhone 6 Plus is also a higher-margin item for Apple, with IHS iSuppli estimating the device costs just $16 more to produce than the corresponding iPhone 6 models, with roughly half of that difference coming from the display and the remainder presumably related to the rear camera module with optical image stabilization, a larger battery, and other minor differences. Another interesting observation from IHS iSuppli is that Samsung does indeed remain involved in production of the main A-series processor for the iPhone. Early teardowns had shown the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus using A8 chips manufactured by TSMC for the first time, but IHS iSuppli says TSMC is providing 60 percent of A8 chips while Samsung is handling the remaining 40 percent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 11:00 am

iOS 8.0.1 to Address Bugs With Phone, Keyboard, Videos in Safari, and More

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was preparing to seed carrier partners with iOS 8.0.1 even before the media event officially announcing launch dates for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Details on the update were unknown at the time, but we noted that we'd seen a significant uptick in activity from devices running iOS 8.0.1 in recent weeks. Web traffic from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks peaked around the time of Apple's media event before tailing off a bit, but Apple does indeed appear to have provided the update to carrier partners and MacRumors has received word from a source that the updates addresses several bugs present in the iOS 8 golden master version released to the public last week. Among the issues: - Phone: Addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail - Keyboard: Fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter iCloud Keychain verification codes - Safari: Fixes a problem with videos occasionally not playing - Sharing: Fixes AirDrop support for Passbook passes - VPN: Addresses an issue with installing VPN profiles Beyond the documented fixes, iOS 8.0.1 will undoubtedly fix a number of other early users have been experiencing although it will likely still be several more minor updates before most of them can be addressed. A release date for iOS 8.0.1 is not yet known, but it could appear fairly soon given that it is already in the hands of partners for testing and approval. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 10:21 am

Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones in Pockets

As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding. Photo by hanzohYesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly. As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted. This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier. Unlike smaller phones that can slide out of the way, pressure points from sitting or bending now have greater potential to cause the longer iPhone to flex in a way that will damage the device. Photo by DevinPitcher To prevent bending, iPhone 6 Plus owners may want to remove their iPhones from their pockets before sitting or bending. If a pocket is unavoidable, then customers may want to place their device in a roomier pocket that allows the device to slide out the way. A rigid case may also provide protection from flexing or bending, as well damage from dropping the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 10:01 am

Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 46% Adoption Rate for iOS 8

Roughly a week after its initial release, iOS 8 is now installed on 46% of devices connected to the App Store, according to the latest numbers posted on Apple's App Store developer support page (via iClarified). The numbers also indicate that 49% of users are using iOS 7 while 5% of users are on older versions of iOS. Earlier this month, Apple's analytics indicated that 92% of devices connected to the App Store were using iOS 7, while 7% were using iOS 6 and 1% were on earlier versions of the mobile operating system. In December 2013, iOS 7 usage was at 74 percent, which jumped to 78 percent later that month. In late January, iOS 7 usage was at 80% and then scaled to 85% in March. iOS 8 was released last Tuesday and brought several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, interactive notifications and more. However, a number of users have experienced a variety of problems with the operating system's initial release, including irregular battery drain, slow Wi-Fi, app crashes, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 4:00 am

Apple Debuts New Ads 'Huge' and 'Cameras' Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

Apple today debuted two brand new ads called "Huge" and "Cameras", focusing on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both devices. Both ads once again feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake having some banter. The first ad, "Huge", has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new phones are. While Fallon points out "huge" new features like the Health app while Timberlake repeatedly points out how the phones are literally "huge". The second ad, "Cameras", has the duo talking about the camera features like time lapse, 240 frames per second slow-motion video and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series of ads starring Fallon and Timberlake. Earlier today, Apple announced that the company sold 10 million iPhone 6 models over the weekend. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 10:32 pm

iPad Air 2 Rumored to Launch in October, Updated Retina iPad Mini May Come Later

Apple has plans to introduce the next-generation iPad Air in October, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times [Google Translate]. The site says the updated tablet will enter production in September, shipping next month. Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to follow in the second quarter of 2015. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air While the rumor suggesting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be coming in the second quarter of 2015 is in line with previous rumors, there has been no prior indication that second-generation iPad Air and the next-generation Retina iPad mini will see separate launch timelines. Previous rumors have indicated that both the Retina iPad mini and the iPad Air 2 will be introduced simultaneously at an event in October. Recently, a rumor suggested the two tablets could be introduced at an October 21 media event, but that prediction was quickly shot down by The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. Dalrymple did not, however, rule out an event at another date in October, so an October unveil of the two tablets remains likely. According to recent report from Bloomberg, the iPad Air 2 is in production and the Retina iPad mini 2 is entering production soon. Both the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are expected to gain updated A8 processors, camera improvements, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced with the iPhone 5s. Apple's iPad Air 2 may also gain an anti-reflective screen coating and it may also ship in gold, silver, and space gray, much like the iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 6:38 pm

iOS 8 Users Seeing Issues With Battery Drain, Slow Wi-Fi

Released last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life. As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears, based on complaints, that multiple devices may be affected by a Wi-Fi bug, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more.I also got an iPhone 6 on Friday, and noticed some sluggishness when connected to my home Wi-Fi network in New York. Twitter and Instagram photos took forever to appear, and opening a news story in Safari was hanging. I did a speed test using the Ookla app and got an abysmal 0.01 Mbps download and 1.05 Mbps upload. Minutes later, another test jumped up to 4.75 Mbps download and 0.24 upload, but a third test was again at 0.02 Mbps download and 0.76 upload.Some users reportedly had luck fixing the problem by disabling Wi-Fi Networking under Privacy --> Location Services --> System Services. Significant battery drain appears to be another complaint that's popping up frequently on the Apple Support forums, with users complaining of their batteries draining much faster than usual. According to one user, his battery drained from 100 percent to zero in four hours with minimal usage, a complaint echoed by several other users. While those seem to be some of the more prominent problems on the Apple forums, iOS 8 users are running into plenty of other bugs and issues with the software. On our own MacRumors forums, there's an eleven page thread cataloguing complaints, which range from app crashes to the same battery issues Apple forum members are seeing, and a second thread where people are posting a list of bugs. There's also a thread on people experiencing excessive battery drain and a thread on people seeing slow Wi-Fi speeds. Apple already has plans for an iOS 8 update that's coming in the near future, bringing support for Apple Pay and several features that are currently missing from the software, including SMS Relay. The update may also be used to fix some of the bugs that users are experiencing. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 4:59 pm

Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music [Update: Not True]

Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting that it would remain as a standalone service. TechCrunch suggests that the fact that Beats Music did not come pre-loaded onto the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus serves as a "red flag" that the music service is on its way out. The site also pointed towards an Apple Watch demo that included an "unannounced music app with a blue play button that instantly started playing songs when tapped during a demo," but that icon appears to correspond to the Remote app and not a new music app. Apple shutting down Beats Music is unusual news given the efforts that the company has gone to in order to promote it in recent weeks, adding it to the list of "Apps Made by Apple" and recommending the app to new iOS users. If Apple plans to do away with Beats Music, it is unclear what further moves it will make in the streaming music arena. Beats Music was seen as the company's answer to popular services like Spotify, aimed at bolstering flagging music sales. According to one source who spoke to TechCrunch, Apple might be planning to roll streaming music into iTunes, creating a unified Apple music service after shutting down Beats Music. Update: According to an Apple representative that spoke to Re/code, the company is not planning to shut down Beats Music.So why would Apple plan to shut down Beats Music, as a TechCrunch headline reports? Answer: It's not. Tom Neumayr, says the TechCrunch story is "not true", but wouldn’t elaborate.While the spokesperson declined to elaborate, Re/code suggests that while Apple does not plan to shut down Beats Music, it may "modify it over time," changing the brand name. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 2:58 pm

New Reversible USB Type-C Standard Gains Support for DisplayPort Video

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced a DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the upcoming USB Type-C connector standard, which will let USB-Type C connectors and cables deliver DisplayPort signals. As noted by AnandTech, DisplayPort technology built into USB Type-C has the potential to connect monitors, cables, docking stations, and more. With the ability to support displays and carry video data via USB, USB Type-C could potentially serve as the next Thunderbolt connector, powering 4K and higher resolution displays. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection) function. This enables computers, tablets, smartphones, displays, and docking stations to implement the new USB Type-C connector at both ends while using the DisplayPort Standard over USB Type-C to transmit high-resolution A/V along with USB data and power.Finalized in August, the USB Type-C connector specifications are much improved over previous USB generations. The slim connector is entirely reversible, making it easier to plug in, and due to its thin design, it's suitable for both mobile device and larger computers. It's also certified for USB 3.1 data rates of up to 10 Gbps and can deliver a maximum of 100W of power. With an alternate DisplayPort mode and four lanes of signaling, one USB Type-C cable could be used to provide power to a device while also driving a connected display. According to VESA, Type-C ports and the first DisplayPort Alt Mode capable devices (using DisplayPort 1.2a) will be available beginning in 2015. Earlier this morning, a rumor suggested Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook would take advantage of the new reversible USB Type-C connector, which is plausible as that device is rumored to begin shipping in mid-2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 12:01 pm

iPhone 6 Plus Display Judged 'Best Smartphone LCD Ever Tested', iPhone 6 Also Solid

DisplayMate, which routinely performs thorough testing of display quality on a variety of electronics, has released its iPhone 6 Display Technology Shoot-Out, taking a look at the performance of Apple's latest handsets using new "Retina HD" technology. While DisplayMate's Ray Soneira has not shied away from criticizing Apple's displays on some recent devices, he found the iPhone 6 Plus to have the "best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested" while the iPhone 6 also scored well in testing. While the "best ever" designation includes the caveat of applying to LED displays and DisplayMate continues to rate the OLED display from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the best overall smartphone display, the gains seen in the iPhone 6 and particularly the iPhone 6 Plus are impressive.Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch.In particular, the iPhone 6 Plus display sets new records among LCD displays for peak brightness, low reflectance, and several measures of contrast and accuracy. DisplayMate finds the iPhone 6 display to have many of the same strong areas of performance as in the iPhone 6 Plus, but the lower resolution and pixel density hold the smaller model back somewhat.Most rescaled images look noticeably better on the iPhone 6 Plus with 2.1 Mega Pixels compared to just 1.0 Mega Pixels on the iPhone 6. In addition, even at the native display resolution, fine text and graphics look better on the iPhone 6 Plus if you look carefully and closely at the screen (because you may want to or need to). The display on the iPhone 6 is none-the-less still a Very Good display, and most buyers will be happy with its performance, but it’s somewhat disappointing that Apple went for satisfactory as opposed to the best.DisplayMate's report includes a variety of charts and tables comparing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the iPhone 5/5s that are worth a look, as well as some discussion of how LCDs such as those found in the latest iPhones compares with OLEDs favored by Samsung. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 10:45 am

Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Rumored to Gain USB Type C and Fanless Internals

Following a previous report claiming Apple's much-rumored 12" ultra-slim notebook is planned to arrive in silver, gold, and space gray color options, Jack March has issued a follow-up report sharing additional details on the machine. According to March's report, which MacRumors believes to be based on legitimate information, the new notebook has a much thinner design that appears to sacrifice many of the usual ports seen on Apple's current notebooks and may adopt the new reversible USB Type C connector that has seen its specifications recently finalized.A source familiar with Apple’s plans describes the 12 inch Macbook Air as having a noticeably thinner design, the source wouldn’t give dimensions however noted that the thinner design may sacrifice the standard USB port and Apple will move to the reversible USB Type C with this product, It is assumed Apple will include an adapter in the box for backwards compatibility.Interestingly, the report raises some questions about charging on the notebook, indicating that the usual MagSafe port has been removed in favor of a new, unspecified charging method. In line with previous rumors, the machine is reportedly fanless, suggesting it will adopt an ultra low-power processor such as the Broadwell-Y Core M processors recently announced by Intel. The body of the new notebook is also said to be narrower than the current MacBook Air, with narrower display bezels and a keyboard stretching right to the edges of the machine. Finally, the speakers are said to be located above the keyboard with visible grilles, unlike the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro that have their speakers located underneath the keyboard. Apple's 12-inch notebook has been rumored for some time, with the launch perhaps being pushed back due to multiple delays for Intel's Broadwell chips. March's previous report indicated Apple appears to be currently looking toward a mid-2015 launch. (Image: Chassis of current MacBook Air) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 10:06 am

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Top Most Benchmarks and Battery Tests, While 6 Plus Lags in Graphics

AnandTech spent the weekend benchmarking the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, comparing the duo to the iPhone 5s and competing Android handsets. The test results show that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are at the top of the charts in CPU benchmarks and battery life, while the iPhone 6 Plus lags in graphics performance due to the larger screen. In in GPU benchmarks, we generally see a pretty solid lead over the competition for the iPhone 6/A8. It's seems quite clear that there is a significant impact to GPU performance in the iPhone 6 Plus due to the 2208x1242 resolution that all content is rendered at. It seems that this is necessary though, as the rendering system for iOS cannot easily adapt to arbitrary resolutions and display sizes. AnandTech also examined battery life, noting that "Apple has managed to do something quite incredible with battery life. " Even with a smaller 1810 mAh battery, the iPhone 6 manages to beat out the iPhone 5s and most other Android phones on the market. Not surprisingly with its 2910 mAH battery, the iPhone 6 Plus grabs second place behind the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during its recent September press event and launched the phones on September 19. The two handsets include Apple's new A8 processor, M8 motion co-processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera, faster 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi and NFC. Demand for the two phones was high with Apple selling 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in the first weekend of sales. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 9:01 am

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sales Top Ten Million in Launch Weekend

Apple today announced that opening weekend sales of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year. “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. As with previous years, the company also claims that demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been very high, as more orders will be fulfilled over the coming weeks. Apple announced last Monday that it processed four million first-day pre-orders on September 12. Currently, shipping estimates for new iPhone 6 orders remains at 7-10 business days, while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3-4 weeks. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also be available in 20 more countries including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and more on September 26. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 7:34 am

Simultaneous Voice/Data, HD Voice Now Available to Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users

Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE service is now functional, allowing Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the first time when connected to a 4G LTE network. MacRumors has confirmed that VoLTE is indeed working, enabling users to browse the web or access apps while on a voice call. In addition to enabling simultaneous voice and data, Verizon's Advanced Calling features also allow for High-Definition voice calls, which are said to be more "natural-sounding" and Verizon-branded video calls.Advanced Calling 1.0, a first-generation service suite enabled by Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, technology, is now available on America's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with XLTE. With Advanced Calling 1.0, there is a clear difference. You will be able to enjoy natural-sounding High-Definition (HD) Voice and a Video Calling experience that's as simple as making a traditional voice call.Users can enabled Advanced Calling features by visiting the Verizon website and adding the feature to their accounts. Users also need to make sure both Voice and Data are turned on in the iPhone's Settings app. Go to Settings --> Cellular --> Enable LTE --> Tap Voice & Data. Verizon's Advanced Calling features are limited to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G2, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. (Thanks, Will!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 6:40 pm

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Use 20-Nanometer A8 Processor From TSMC

Apple's 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today. While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple back and forth rumors that made it unclear whether Samsung or TSMC was manufacturing the chips destined for the new iPhones. Previous generation chips, such as the A7 in the iPhone 5s, were manufactured by Samsung, but Apple reportedly entered into a partnership with TSMC in an effort to reduce its reliance on rival Samsung. The shift is also part of a larger effort by Apple to diversify its supply chain, which cuts down on potential manufacturing issues. Though TSMC created the 20-nanometer chips for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, rumors have suggested that Apple hasn't ended its relationship with Samsung entirely. The company is rumored to be producing the 14-nanometer chips that will be used in future iOS devices next year, indicating that Apple has plans to continue having both TSMC and Samsung create chips for its devices. According to Apple, the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offers a 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent better graphics performance compared to the A7 in the iPhone 5s. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 2:47 pm

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Successfully Survive Second Drop Test

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete. A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact. A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came away unscathed. It's impossible to determine the overall durability of the screen in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus based on a limited number of drop tests that were conducted under different conditions, but this additional data does serve to reassure users that the devices do have the potential to survive a fall. Still, given the increased size of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it may be advisable for users to purchase a case. In fact, several reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus conducted by tech sites suggested the devices "need" a case, and described them as slippery. The Verge, for example, said the iPhone 6 Plus "works better in a case" because it makes the phone easier to hold, hides the camera bump, and covers "the weird lines on the back." Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today, and the devices are now in the hands of millions of customers around the world as customers pick up phones from the Apple Store and receive their pre-orders. New orders for the devices from the Apple Store will ship in 7 to 10 days for the iPhone 6 and 3 to 4 weeks for the iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 11:36 am

Tim Cook Helps Kick Off iPhone 6 Sales at Palo Alto Retail Store

With Apple's retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year's line. Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow) Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into the store to meet with staff and open the door to welcome customers. Several other executives are also out and about, with new retail chief Angela Ahrendts presiding over her first iPhone launch by visiting the flagship store in Sydney, Australia, and Internet software and services chief Eddy Cue making an appearance at the Stanford store. Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/28aww07wGj— Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) September 18, 2014 Nearly all Apple retail stores in launch countries have now opened for business today, with only the three stores in Honolulu, Hawaii yet to begin sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 11:14 am

First Impressions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Sleek Look, Great Display, Unoptimized Apps Blurry, Loud Vibration

While the official reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were published several days ago, with the devices now making their way into customers' hands we are starting to see broader first impressions of the larger iPhones. Case from MacRumors giveaway, based on rumored design specs (Photo by @adam_moreno) Several posters in our forums have highlighted the high-quality "Retina HD" displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but have observed that apps yet to be optimized for the larger displays appear "quite blurry" or "'big' and disgusting" due to scaling issues. Photo by jchiou Another aspect being noticed by users is the much louder vibration on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, something highlighted by John Gruber in his review earlier this week. The iPhone 6 has a noticeably stronger vibrator to me, and with the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s so powerful it’s actually a bit noisy — the sound made by the 6 Plus vibrator is so strong, I wonder if there are going to be complaints that it’s not “silent” at all. As someone who runs his iPhone in silent mode much of the time, I definitely appreciate the stronger vibrator.Customers are also generally praising the overall look of the new iPhones, calling them "sleek and beautifully made" and "glorious". Those opting for the gold model may notice that it is "a bit more yellow golden" than the gold iPhone 5s. Gold iPhone 6 (left) vs. gold iPhone 5s (Photo by @horwitz) As for size, some customers have been concerned about placing orders for the iPhone 6 Plus without having a good idea of just how big the device really is. Reactions now that users are getting their hands on them seem to be mixed, with some saying they "love every inch" of the 5.5-inch display while others have found it too big for their tastes. Some in-store customers were able to compare the two sizes before purchasing, helping make the decision easier. For ongoing coverage of photos and first impressions, readers are welcome to follow our consolidated thread stickied in our iPhone forum. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 10:15 am

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Go On Sale in U.S. and Canada to Huge Lines

Following launches in a number of other countries around the world earlier today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have now begun going on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with 8:00 AM Apple launch times in the eastern and central portions of the countries having already occurred. As expected, supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been tight in some cases, although perhaps not as low as originally thought. Apple's own stores appear to have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus, with carrier stores in some cases having barely a handful of units to distribute. iPhone 6 line at Toronto's Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts) Lines at most stores, particularly Apple's own locations, are long in most cases, despite the company having offered pre-orders for delivery this year. As of 6:00 AM, the line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched for twelve city blocks, according to Business Insider. Other locations are obviously seeing shorter lines, but many customers are reporting lines numbering in the hundreds at their stores. Some MacRumors forum members are updating their statuses in our iPhone 6 Launch Meetups forum while others are sharing their thoughts in our general iPhone forum as the launch continues. For those with pre-orders going out for delivery today, our forums remain busy as users track their orders minute-by-minute. MacRumors forum members in the U.S. are generally organizing in one of a number of threads depending on where they ordered from. - The "I just bought/ordered/shipped/received my new iPhone 6/6 Plus" thread - iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sprint Pre-Order Thread! - T-Mobile.com preorder thread - ATT Pre-order status - VZW Order Status Thread - Apple.com Pre-order thread Those who already received their iPhones can post first impressions in our forums of their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 8:07 am

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Get Cracked in First Drop Test

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already underway in several countries, many companies have begun performing tests and benchmarks on the device. PhoneBuff has taken the two devices and put them through a drop test, dropping each on its back, side and front. The iPhone 6 did well when dropped on the side and back, but unsurprisingly suffered when dropped on its face. The 6 Plus, on the other hand, cracked when it landed on the side. However, it sustained little further damage when falling on its face. Based on this one test, both phones may have performed worse than the iPhone 5 design which was described as "very durable" and survived similar drops in a previous drop tests. Without standardized testing, it's hard to draw definitive conclusions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues • Fleksy's Speed-Focused Gesture Keyboard for iOS 8 Launching Today

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 11:08 pm

iPhone 6 Plus Teardown: Twice as Big a Battery as iPhone 5s [Update: 1 GB RAM Confirmed]

iFixIt is in the process of taking apart the new iPhone 6 Plus, currently on sale in Australia. Surprisingly, the team points out that the internal layout of the device is extremely similar to that of the iPhone 5s, except at a larger scale and with a bigger battery. The teardown's findings reveal the battery capacity of the device and some internal reorganization. In removing the front panel from the rest of the device, the iFixIt team notes that there are "no noticeable booby traps", referring to the iPhone 5s' cable that ran from the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port. The battery in the device is listed at 2915mAh at 3.82 volts, in line with the previously leaked battery prototype for the device and giving the 6 Plus double the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s' 1560mAh and much larger than the iPhone 6's 1810mAh battery. The teardown also revealed that the vibrator is now located under the logic board and to the right of the battery. iFixIt's teardown is still in progress and this post will be updated if anything significant is revealed. Update 7:45 PM: iFixit has exposed Apple's new A8 processor in their teardown, which reveals the F8164A3PM inscribed on the chip. The second digit in that sequence, 8, corresponds to 8 Gigabits (1 GB) of RAM in Micron's catalog. Update 11:38 PM: iFixit has assigned the iPhone 6 Plus a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is an improvement over the iPhone 5s' score of 6 out of 10. The largest difference being the absence of the cable connecting the Touch ID Home button to the Lightning port, which resulted in the cable being torn if one is not careful opening the phone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues • Fleksy's Speed-Focused Gesture Keyboard for iOS 8 Launching Today

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 9:16 pm