Where enthusiasts hold out on the new iPhone, scalpers fill the void looking to meet the demand for customers who don’t mind paying an arm and a leg for Apple’s latest wonder phone. Film producer Casey Neistat has captured the early moments before the first wave of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in New York City and it highlights just how bad the situation is. Instead of having long lines of enthusiastic Apple fans, the crowd turns out to be something else.
In the video, it showed a group of people presumably mainland Chinese that have been queueing up for at least 2 days. If you think the grandma that queued up for an iPad 2 was bad, the first in line at an Apple Store in New York was an elderly Chinese woman who can’t speak English. When interviewed, they refused to say if they are reselling and insists that they are buying for themselves or for their loved ones.
The guys at iFixit have just given the latest iPhone 6 Plus a proper tear down treatment. This is the biggest iPhone yet and it appears to be fairly easy to disassemble provided that you have the right tools including a pentalobe screwdriver.
With the screws removed, the iPhone 6 Plus is taken apart with the display first which gives you access to its inner components. From the disassembly, the battery on the iPhone 6 Plus is confirmed to be a large 2,915mAh capacity unit while the new 64-bit Apple A8 chip is mated with just 1GB of RAM.
Meanwhile, the 1080p Full HD 5.5″ display is still fused with the front glass. So if you accidentally break the screen, you would need to change the whole module which can be costly. Overall, iFixit gives the iPhone 6 Plus a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is higher than previous iPhones.
Watch the tear down video as well as the step by step disassembly guide after the break.
It is available for iPhone (iPhone 4S and above), iPod Touch (5th Gen) and iPad (iPad 2 and above). To start downloading, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates. It takes about 30-40 minutes on 5Mbps Unifi plan to download.
UPDATE: Take note that iOS 8 would require up to 5.7GB of free space to update from the phone. Mashable has posted a solution that you can install with less free space by updating using iTunes on your computer. Just make sure you click on “Check for updates” and DON’T click on “Restore iPhone”.
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There are a couple of ways to enhance your smart phone’s camera capability. You can get one of those Sony add-on lens camera or simply get creative with what you’ve got. Now here comes product that lets you take fancy photos all the time in a simple yet elegant solution. And it even claims to be so awesome that it will be hard for anyone to take trashy pictures.
Introducing the Relonch camera case that’s packed with a APS-C sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Unlike typical add-on Lens Camera, there’s no bluetooth or WiFi connectivity to mess around and it connects instantly by slotting an iPhone 5/5S onto lightning connector inside. According to the company, they have plans to release a newer version to support the bigger iPhone 6. To make things simple, there’s only a single shutter button right at the top and all you’ll need is their official app.
Apple is probably the last to adopt NFC (Near Fields Communication) on its smart phones. Before you get excited about the ease of exchanging contacts, pairing bluetooth devices or transferring files, you might want to know that Apple will be limiting its NFC functionality to Apple Pay only. The new mobile payment feature will be launched this week starting in the US and it uses NFC that’s mounted at the top of the device.
Considering Apple Pay is quite a new feature concerning money and personal security, Apple seems to be extra cautious by keeping its NFC hardware off limits to 3rd party developers for now. When Apple introduced Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, it was a closed system as well but now Apple has open up some access to developers with iOS 8.
Apparently Apple had demonstrated the use of iPhone 6’s NFC to unlock hotel room doors at their Apple event last week. So it’s highly possible that Apple will open up a wider range of NFC functions later on.
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Steve Jobs used to say that nobody wants to buy a bigger phone. Now it appears that Apple has proven its own founder wrong as the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have achieved a new milestone with over 4 million units pre-ordered in the first 24 hours.
The first batch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered this coming Friday, 19th September in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. As the demand is overwhelming, Apple anticipates many of its orders to be delivered next month in October.
Despite having huge demand, Apple is opening up the new iPhones to more countries next week on 26th September. The 22 countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Nope, Malaysia isn’t on the list unfortunately.
From its announcement, Apple is targeting to reach out to 114 countries by end of this year so it looks like we would probably get it before the Christmas holidays. As comparison, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C took 50 days from its announcement to reach Malaysia.
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This stunning piece of filmatic art by Markus Kontiainen was shot at 120fps entirely on his iPhone 5S. He spent over 35 days touring some of the most iconic cities in Asia and used his iPhone to capture the journey.
Where most are content with taking selfies and pictures of food with the sophisticated, and highly capable equipment that is the modern smartphone today, this inspiring visual artwork — that you must watch — goes a long way to show that it’s not the equipment that you have, it’s how you use it.
So the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been announced but is it what Apple users truly want? The funny guys that brought you parody videos of the iPhone and iPad has released a new video on the latest products from Cupertino.
While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is bigger in size, he raised an interesting point about the rest of the iPhone users that are satisfied with a smaller and compact form factor. On the naming convention, despite having a number 6, the current iPhones are actually on its 8th generation and probably its time to drop the numbering its like its current iPad and iPod line up.
When touching on the Apple Watch, he ranted what’s the killer differentiator as most of the features are already existed on the current iPhone and who would want to view pictures on a smaller screen when you can view them in a much bigger iPhone? Agree or disagree? Check the video after the break.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an Animated GIF would worth more right? For moments when words ain’t enough, check out Popkey, a new Animated GIF keyboard designed for iOS devices.
Instead of the usual alphanumeric keys, you’ll get thousands of animated GIF that are categorised by expression types. You can favourite your frequently used GIFs or even add customised ones from the app itself. So move aside EMOJI, sending animated GIF is the way to go.
So far there’s no official release date yet but you can drop your email on their site to get notified once it’s available. In case you didn’t know, iOS 8 will be rolled out on 17th September and SwiftKey keyboard will be available on the same day.
Check out the PopKey introductory video after the break.
Jony Ive may be a genius at designing computers, phones and tablets but the guru of Swiss watch design says the Apple Watch looks like it was designed by students and that it’s no different from smartwatches that are already in the market.
Jean-Claude Biver, the big cheese Hublot and Tag Heuer (among others) and the one who has been widely credited to the successful rejuvenation of the Omega brand, says that Apple had made “some fundamental mistakes” designing the Apple Watch as reported by UK’s The Telegraph.
“This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market,” Biver said in an interview with German daily Die Welt. “To be totally honest, it looks like it was designed by a student in their first trimester,” he added. In addition, Biver says the smartwatch looks “too feminine” and its design will not stand the test of time.
Being able to stand the test of time is an important trait that differentiates a watch from a timepiece: “Luxury always has something timeless, it’s rare and conveys prestige,” Biver said and he doesn’t think that the Apple Watch posses any of these endearing traits.
The Apple Watch marks Apple’s first true new product segment since the iPad was introduced, it is also the first since Steve Jobs died. Retailing for US$349 (about RM1,115), Apple is banking on design as a big pull factor for the Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see if the device will dominate the wearable market in the months to come.