Though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is the main supplier of the advanced 20-nanometer A8 chips used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung reportedly continues to produce about 40% of high-end processors. As revealed by IHS, the manufacturing cost of the new SoC is $20, which is $3 more than the manufacturing cost of the A7 processor.
It has been nearly a week since Apple released its iOS 8 to users worldwide. Six days after the release, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system is installed on 46% of all the iOS devices connected to the App Store. Well, at least this is what the guys from Cupertino say.
The guys from Cupertino today released two new iPhone ads called "Huge" and "Cameras". As you may guess from the names of the commercials, they focus on the larger size of Apple's newly-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as on the cameras of the devices. The ads feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and are available below, so you may take a look.
The first commercial is called "Huge" and shows us Fallon and Timberlake talking about the size of the smartphones and their functionality.
According to the latest report from reliable sources, iOS 8 users are currently complaining about problems with Wi-Fi and battery life of the devices running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. In particular, a number of iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and iPhone 5s owners as well as those who have recently purchased the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus complain that they experience difficulties in connecting to Wi-Fi network. Moreover, the battery of the devices running iOS 8 drains incredibly quickly.
More than ten million people have already purchased Apple’s iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Naturally, they began using their new smartphones. Several days after the official release, a number of reports appeared on the Internet that suggested that the larger 5.5-inch device can bend in the pocket of pants if a user forgets to take the handset out of it. There are even some images showing a bent iPhone 6 Plus. You may take a look at them below.
According to what Taiwan's Commercial Times reporters write, the second-generation iPad Air may be introduced as soon as in October. The journalists expect the tablet to enter mass-production in September.
Following the release and record-breaking first weekend sales, AnandTech experts took both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for testing and benchmarked them. Moreover, the newly-released handsets were compared to the iPhone 5s and a number of rival handsets including the HTC One (E8), Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5 and some others. If you one of those people, who like Apple and its products, you will be pleased with the results of the benchmarks.
Apple on Monday announced that the sales of its 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in the opening weekend topped ten million units. That is a new record for the guys from Cupertino. Apple managed to break the last year’s record of nine million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units sold during the first three days. What an impressive result!
Immediately after the start of sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in several countries, first drop and crash tests began to appear on the Internet. The bad news is that both handsets are not doing well in these ultimate durability tests. While they somehow manage to remain intact when dropped on the side and back, they have no chances when dropped on the face. The smaller iPhone seems to demonstrate slightly better results, but in general, both handsets can’t be called the strongest devices on the market. Take a look at the video and you will understand what I mean.
It is Sunday today, so it's time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let's take a look at them.
You have probably heard the rumor, according to which Siri was supposed to “learn” to identify music tracks using Shazam functionality. Well, looks like the guys from Cupertino indeed integrated such a useful feature into their virtual assistant and it is now available for all the iOS 8 users.
Long before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release, a rumor appeared on the Internet that suggested that these devices will be equipped by a processor manufactured by a firm called Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). According to the latest report from Chipworks, the dual-core 64-bit Apple A8 processor is indeed manufactured by TSMC.
Several days after the official release of Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6, iFixit experts have performed its teardown, which revealed that the handset is indeed equipped with the next-generation 64-bit A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor, 1334x750 pixels display with pixel density of 326ppi, 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front camera, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as with NFC and LTE chips.
Fixit team has recently performed a scrupulous teardown of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. According to the video of the teardown and the images showing the fully-disassembled larger iPhone 6, the guys from Cupertino equipped the handset with a dual-core 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, 1GB of RAM, 1920x1080 pixels display with pixel density of 401ppi, 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 1.2-megapixel front camera as well as with a wide number of sensors, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and LTE chips.
Aside from new iOS 8, the guys from Cupertino have recently released OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to users worldwide. The release comes after long weeks and even months of testing. The latest version of OS X can boast of a wide number of stability improvements and bug fixes and is recommended for all users.