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 Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix For Cell Service, Touch ID

Apple today released iOS 8.0.2. The update is rolling out now. You can download using either iTunes or over-the-air (OTA). The update for those updating OTA requires 1.6GB of free space, despite the paltry 61MB update. This update comes on the heels of a botched rollout of iOS 8.0.1 that rendered phones without cell service and also disabled Touch ID. Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Fixes an issue that could cause … [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...]

How to fix iOS 8.0.1 no cell service issue

Restore backup

Apple's iOS 8.0.1 has introduced a nasty bug that breaks cell phone service and Touch ID. From most reports, the issue is specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You have a few options here, none of which are great, but can help you get your cell service back. Another option is to restore your iPhone to iOS 8.0 using iTunes. Apple has already pulled iOS 8.0.1. When you go through this process, iTunes will download the latest working version of iOS. This seems to be the easiest and most effective way at fixing cell service on your phone. It also means that you must backup all of your data. 1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC. Open iTunes if it does not launch by itself. 2. Select your iPhone either from the left hand menu … [Read more...]

Apple iOS 8.0.1 Released, Breaks Cell Service, Touch ID

Apple today released iOS 8.0.1. The update is rolling out now. You can download using either iTunes or over-the-air (OTA). The update for those updating OTA requires 1.6GB of free space, despite the paltry 61MB update. UPDATE: There are numerous reports on Twitter and social media that iOS 8.0.1 causing a number of problems. Users are reporting they have no cell service after the update. It also appears to be breaking Touch ID in some cases. If you haven't updated yet, I'd advise holding off. Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos … [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...]

You Can’t Fix Battery Life on iOS 8, But Here’s How To Improve It

Fix battery life on iOS 8

The Ultimate Guide For Improving iOS 8 Battery Life on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4 Are you looking for a way to fix battery life on iOS 8 or your new iPhone 6? With each major iOS release, we see a rush of folks who are experiencing some sort of battery drain, that's not in keeping with their past experiences. If you have an old iPhone that had been running the latest version of iOS 7, it included several updates from Apple that have fixed bugs and optimized battery life. iOS 8 may look and feel much like iOS 7, but it's got a number of new features and it's a major update. That translates to significant changes to the underlying code that runs on your iPhone. So whether you have upgraded an older iPhone to iOS … [Read more...]

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

iPhone 6 plus too big

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...]

How to set up your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

Setup as new iPhone

Just get your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Whether this is your first iPhone or your transitioning from an older model, setting up as new is a great way to start fresh and get the best, problem-free experience from your new iPhone. Some users prefer the convenience associated with restoring from an existing backup, which can yield similar results, and we'll certainly cover transferring data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 6 in an upcoming article. If you are completely new to iPhone, you want start fresh, this tutorial will guide you through everything you need to setup your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. … [Read more...]