As it was previously announced, Apple is today launching its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 22 new countries. It is strange, but looks like the guys from Cupertino have enough handsets to cope with the demand in these countries. What do I mean by the word strange? Well, last year the initial batch of the iPhone 5s units was significantly smaller and that caused delays in shipping handsets to customers. This year everything is different.
Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8.0.1 to users worldwide, but then pulled the update back as it contained a wide number of bugs affecting cellular service and Touch ID fingerprint sensors on many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units. Within few hours after the unpleasant incident, the guys from Cupertino released a support document, where told that the next update, which is iOS 8.0.2, is currently in the works and that it will be released as soon as possible. Apart from that, Apple gave detailed instructions as to how to reinstall iOS 8 via iTunes. I believe these instructions will be helpful for those who installed yesterday's glitchy firmware version.
Microsoft has recently released two new ads mocking Apple's virtual assistant called Siri. The first is called Lost and describes the ability of Microsoft's virtual assistant to warn users about coming late to important meetings, parties etc. using recent traffic data. The second commercial is called Remind Me and it tells us about Cortana's ability to remind users about the people-related tasks. For example, when the user is talking with somebody on a phone, Cortana can remind to congratulate with this person with birthday (if this person is actually celebrating his or her birthday on that day).
Both ads are available below. You may take a look.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is currently working on iOS 8.0.1, which will bring fixes for such features as Phone, Keyboard, Safari, Sharing and VPN on the iPhone and iPad. Whether there will be any fixes for Wi-FI and battery life issues discovered a couple of days ago is still a question without an answer. Nevertheless, we know that the update for iOS 8 is in the works and will be released very soon.
According to the results of the teardown analysis performed by IHS, Apple spends only about $200 to $247 on components and the assembly of one iPhone 6 unit and $216 to $263 to produce one iPhone 6 Plus unit. This number doesn’t include costs on development of the products, advertising etc. Nevertheless, the difference between the net cost of the gadgets and their retail price is huge. In case you don’t know, the 4.7-inch handset is sold for $649 to $849 and the 5.5-inch smartphone - for $749 to $949.
Yesterday I told you that it is possible to bend the iPhone 6 Plus while carrying it in the pocket of pants all the time. Today, a guy named Lou (from Unbox Therapy) decided to prove or refute the rumors and took his own iPhone 6 Plus to the ultimate bend test. As it turned out, it was a bad idea.
According to the latest report from Re/code, the guys from Cupertino are planning to launch their revamped streaming music service with a new branding next year. To be more precise, this will happen during the 2015 Grammy Awards in February. Looks like Apple won’t shut or rename the recently-acquired Beats Music service until that time. A piece of good news for all Beats fans, right?
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!