Everything that happened at WWDC 2015: iOS 9, WatchOS 2, El Capitan and Apple Music

Spotlight El Capitan

Apple today held their yearly worldwide developer conference. Though it's technically for developers, consumers look to WWDC as the biggest Apple event of the year. It's where Apple lays the groundwork software updates to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Macs. Prior to the event, speculation was that we'd see a renewed focus on stability. That being said, there were an extensive number of new features introduced on all the three major platforms – OS X, iOS and watchOS. The event wrapped up with the long awaited introduction of Apple Music, a refreshed Music app that integrates a Beats powered streaming music service. You can watch WWDC later now and it will be available to download through iTunes. We've compiled a list of everything that … [Read more...]

Apple Music will not be available on Sonos at launch

Sonos Apple Music

Apple Music was introduced today with the service scheduled to start on June 30th. Pricing starts at $9.99 for an individual and $14.99 for families or up to six users. Apple will also be offering a 3-month trial. The service brings much of what people loved about Beats Music, specifically curated playlists. Apple has announced that an Android app will be available this fall. Apple has yet to commit to supporting Sonos. For their part, Sonos would like to support Apple Music, but have confirmed that it won't be supported when Apple Music launches later this fall. Sonos support provided this official statement. Although it will not be available at launch, we'd love to bring the service to Sonos as soon as Apple is ready. For their … [Read more...]

Does the iPhone need more RAM?

A8 SoC RAM

Apple has typically been a company whose focus has been on the user experience and that's largely the same today, at least when marketing to their base. Their yearly events tell a different story, often using those to inform the tech industry of serious performance gains, all of which are warranted. The A8 processor is a beast of a processor and one that offers impressive performance gains over the previous generation. The iPhone 6 checks plenty of boxes. It's the first true big screen iPhone, follows their tradition of stellar hardware build and continues to ship with upgrades abound. In a year that saw so many upgrades, why are they continuing to ship iPhones with a paltry 1GB of RAM? … [Read more...]

New Apple Web Tool Lets You Deregister Phone Number From iMessage

Deregister iMessage

There have been no shortage of iMessage horror stories from folks who migrated to something other than an iPhone. This comes on the heels of widespread compliants and a class-action lawsuit. Earlier this year, Apple promised that a software fix was in the works. Noticed by a user on Reddit (via The Verge), Apple has published an online tool to dergister iMessage. … [Read more...]

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

Apple Pay

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...]