The Apple Pay off and why some retailers are betting on the wrong horse

CurrentC

A collection of retailers including Rite-Aid and CVS have decided to disable NFC at their payment terminals. As a result, they have disabled Apple Pay functionality, along with Google Wallet (which also allows payments through NFC) as a beneficiary of the decision. They are part of Merchant Customer Exchange, who are working on their own payment system that uses CurrentC, an app currently available in the App Store. If you want to actually use it, you'll need to wait for an invitation. That hasn't prevented it from getting review torched by disenfranchised Apple enthusiasts, unhappy with the Apple Pay being turned off. The list of merchants supporting CurrentC is actually quite extensive with well known retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, … [Read more...]

Saying My Goodbyes To One-Handed Usability

One-handed usability

I've been using the iPhone 6 Plus extensively over the past week. It's got a heavy duty case on it, because I'm deathly afraid of dropping it. For all of the improvements, if you drop an iPhone, there's a good chance that beautiful screen will shatter. Unlike in previous years, the cost to repair is $129, significantly less now that Apple had the facilities to do them on location. I have not been able to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, at all. It's strictly a two handed device. That's the trade-off for having a bigger than bigger phone. As for the iPhone 6, it feels incredibly small when I switch to that phone. My wife got the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. I definitely feel a bit more comfortable navigating with one hand. With either … [Read more...]

Apple: Only 9 Customer Complaints of Bent iPhone 6

In response to the growing concerns over bent iPhones, Apple today issue a short statement to CNBC on the subject. According to Apple, only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. They also noted that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry."After a few, isolated reports of the larger iPhone 6 Plus bending, the story became national news. Not helping matters were YouTube torture test videos. These showcased the bending of iPhones using pressure well beyond what anyone would consider reasonabily normal. If there was one takeaway from the videos, it did show the iPhone 6 to be more difficult to bend.Here's the full context of … [Read more...]

Bending Perspective

Bending perspective

The recent news of the iPhone 6 Plus possibly being susceptible to bending has caused strong reactions, from all sides. Another year, another controversy that hasn't gone quietly, at least yet. A new iPhone is big news and an even bigger target. People love to find a chink in the aluminum-clad armor of Apple's iPhones. Within hours of the first report on MacRumors, there were trending hashtags for #bendgate and in less than 24 hours, it was being woefully distorted by major news networks.The Pocket Let's clear something up. No phone, regardless of its size, should ever find its way to your back pocket. That's never a good idea, despite a bevy of ass shots posted on the Internet showing how the bigger iPhone 6 fits in rear pockets … [Read more...]

BendGate Raises Concerns Over Pocketability of iPhone 6 Plus

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There are been a few reports (via MacRumors) from users who claim that the iPhone 6 Plus bent as a result of carrying their phones in their front pockets. While the world spent last week determining whether the device would fit into 'skinny jeans', the concern now shifts to whether that could damage your iPhone. One instance has the user pocketing his iPhone 6 Plus for roughly 18 hours, mixed in with dinner and dancing at a wedding. Noting a slightly distorted image, upon further inspection, it was determined that the device had suffered damage. … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Plus Too Big, Here’s What You Can Do

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Did you just got your 'bigger than bigger' iPhone 6 Plus and feeling a bit of buyer's remorse? Or maybe the smaller iPhone 6 is not small enough. Regret is not something that often goes hand in hand with buying a new iPhone. A Samsung phone, maybe. In all seriousness, these days are filled with joy and at worst, minor complaints about battery life. This year is different. Since the first iPhone release, changes to our beloved iPhones were often improvements that didn't drastically change how we hold or use our phones. Software has certainly impacted usability, but the hardware always allowed for one-handed use. The jump to a 4-inch display, still allowed for our thumbs to narrowly reach each quadrant. As Android phones grew, big phones were … [Read more...]

6 Cheap iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Cases You Can Buy Today

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Regardless of which iPhone 6 you've bought, it's going to be a big time upgrade from your old iPhone with its dainty, but cute 4-inch or less screen. These phones have massive displays, which should provide for a more immersive experience. This being the year where Apple has made major changes to the iPhone, some case makers are a bit behind, so your favorite case manufacturer may not have cases available on day one, when you first crack the plastic and unbox your new phone. While you wait for a Speck CandyShell, LifeProof, (insert your favorite case), you may be inclined to tempt fate and go case-free. If you're looking for the peace of mind that comes with having some level of protection, there are a good number of cheap iPhone 6 and … [Read more...]

Early Reviews Show Preference For iPhone 6 Over iPhone 6 Plus

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Last night, as is the yearly ritual, the embargo broke on reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If you've pre-ordered a new iPhone or on the fence, I highly recommend you read some of the great work done by each of these authors. This isn't the first year that Apple has released two iPhones. But last year was entirely different, with the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c and the flagship iPhone 5s. They were distinct, different and had different audiences. This year, we get two polarizing models, both flagships. It may be the first time a major manufacturer has released two vastly different sizes of a flagship phone. While there are slight differences in the software, the hardware is largely the same. The iPhone 6 Plus benefits from … [Read more...]

Should you upgrade to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

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As the calendar hits September, it often marks the introductions new iPhones and this year is no different. They hype surround the event was at an all-time high and subsequently, pre-orders for this batch of new devices saw frustrating customers scrambling to get their orders in, resulting in over 4 million pre-orders during the first 24-hours of being on-sale. People are ordering the iPhone 6 in record numbers. Tim Cook calls them "the best iPhones yet." Honestly, that's a claim that's rightfully made every year. It doesn't help folks who are pondering the question, "Should I upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?" We'll try to help guide you through that process, highlighting what's new, what matters most and how you can successfully … [Read more...]