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...]

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Still Deliver 9/19, 6 Plus Slips To 3-4 Weeks

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Apple's iPhone 6 pre-orders were scheduled to begin promptly at 12 midnight on the West coast, which made for a late night from customers anxious to place their order for either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Instead of proceeding quickly through checkout, customers at Apple's online site were met with a message that the store would be right back, cycling through a number of languages. Instead of ordering phones, customers were learning new langauges, while burning the midnight oil. In all seriousness, it led to a massive amount of frustration, which was not helped by waking up in the middle of the night. It left customers fleeing to carrier websites, often having better luck accessing their account and ordering new phones. … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Storage Capacity: Apple Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deliver on much of what consumers have been wanting from Apple. The biggest being the display. If they were to release a single 4.7-inch iPhone 6, it would have addressed most of the market clamoring for a bigger phone. They went one step further, delivering a massive 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 6 Plus. Now customers who are upgrading have tough decisions on which iPhone 6 to buy. As we see with each new year of iPhones, purchase decisions revolve around which color and storage capacity. Yet again, those are part of your decision process. Amidst all of the upgrades, Apple changed the storage capacity options. With an increasing number of premium smartphones offerings starting at 32GB, there have been no … [Read more...]

How to download U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free

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Apple today announced two new iPhones, the Apple Watch, Apple Pay and the public availability of iOS 8. At the conclusion of the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook was joined on stage by U2 that included an exchange with lead-singer Bono. The two proceeded to announce that U2's new album "Songs of Innocence" would be available as a free download for all iTunes customers. With half a million iTunes customers, it's the single biggest album giveway in the history of music. Downloading U2's New Album From iTunes Open iTunes Under 'Quick Links', select 'Purchased You should see U2 Songs of Innonce Tap on the Cloud icon with an arrow The album will now download, for free, to your Mac or PC. Download from your iPhone or … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Which Should You Buy?

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Today was a big day for new products, even by Apple's standards. Forget about the new Apple Watch for a moment, the iPhone announcements alone represented a major shift for the company and you. The post-event focus would normally shift to discussions regarding which color or storage size. Those will still remain hotly debated discussions, either internally, in forums or across social media. Even if you've decided pre-event on color and storage capacity, Apple now offers two models. I know, last year they offered two models, but that included the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c. This year, we're talking about two premium, flagship models. If you caught me before the event, I would have bet dollars to donuts that the iPhone 6 with its … [Read more...]

This is what reachability one-handed mode looks like on iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is massive, featuring a 5.5-inch display that features 1920 x 1080 at 401 pixels per inch. This shakes out to 2 million pixels. It's what Apple is marketing as Retina HD. When you have a device this incredibly large, it's a kick in the teeth to what's remaining of one-handed use, a hallmark of Apple's iOS devices. Even the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will test even the biggest of hands to reach that far corner. Knowing full well that old habits die hard, iOS 8 will include a new feature called 'reachability'. When you double tap the Touch ID home button, it will literally scale down the display. In practice, it appears to work well, as demoed here by Danny Sullivan at today's Apple special event. … [Read more...]

Apple Pay Lets You Pay For Things With iPhone 6

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Apple today introduced a new payment system they are calling Apple Pay, using cards on file with iTunes. Using your iSight camera, you can add a new card. Once verified, the card gets added to Passport. The hardware and software allow a new level of security. There are device-only account numbers secure in the 'secure element'. Customers Amex, MasterCard and Visa in the U.S. only. With six major banks and a few others on board, it can be used in over 220,000 merchants that accept contact-less payments. New retailers include Staples, McDonalds, Whole Foods, Disney and of course, Apple retail stores. Payments can be made by flashing your iPhone 6 to a payment terminal and using Touch ID to ensure you are the one making the … [Read more...]