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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Get Cracked in First Drop Test

Posted by | September 19, 2014.

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already underway in several countries, many companies have begun performing tests and benchmarks on the device. PhoneBuff has taken the two devices and put them through a drop test, dropping each on its back, side and front.

The iPhone 6 did well when dropped on the side and back, but unsurprisingly suffered when dropped on its face. The 6 Plus, on the other hand, cracked when it landed on the side. However, it sustained little further damage when falling on its face.

Based on this one test, both phones may have performed worse than the iPhone 5 design which was described as “very durable” and survived similar drops in a previous drop tests. Without standardized testing, it’s hard to draw definitive conclusions.

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iPhone 6 Plus Teardown: Twice as Big a Battery as iPhone 5s

Posted by | September 19, 2014.
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iFixIt is in the process of taking apart the new iPhone 6 Plus, currently on sale in Australia. Surprisingly, the team points out that the internal layout of the device is extremely similar to that of the iPhone 5s, except at a larger scale and with a bigger battery. The teardown’s findings reveal the battery capacity of the device and some internal reorganization.

In removing the front panel from the rest of the device, the iFixIt team notes that there are “no noticeable booby traps”, referring to the iPhone 5s’ cable that ran from the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port. The battery in the device is listed at 2915mAh at 3.82 volts, in line with the previously leaked battery prototype for the device and giving the 6 Plus double the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s’ 1560mAh and much larger than the iPhone 6′s 1810mAh battery.

The teardown also revealed that the vibrator is now located under the logic board and to the right of the battery.

iFixIt’s teardown is still in progress and this post will be updated if anything significant is revealed.

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Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 19, 2014.
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Cerner and Athenahealth, two of the leading electronic health record providers in the United States, will be developing apps that work with Apple’s Health app, according to Reuters.

Cerner and Athenahealth representatives said they are building integrations with HealthKit and working with Apple. Previously, Apple announced a partnership with rival electronic health record company Epic Systems. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

The new apps are likely to be similar to Epic’s MyChart [Direct Link] app, which gives users access to lab results, appointment information, medication and more. The MyChart app also uses Apple’s HealthKit as a traffic controller to send some information about a patient, like weight, in the opposite direction, Epic told VentureBeat.

Yesterday, Apple found a last-minute bug in HealthKit that forced the company to pull compatible apps from the App Store. Apple is currently working on a fix, which it promises will arrive by the end of September.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Launch Day: What to Expect

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch in the United States tomorrow, with Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and several major retailers offering the two devices for sale.

We’ve gathered up a list of U.S. locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, listed below, along with general opening times. Customers hoping for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.

Apple retail stores – 8 a.m local time
– Verizon Wireless – 8 a.m. local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
– AT&T – 8 a.m. local time
– T-Mobile – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m local time, but opening times vary
– Sprint – 8.a.m local time
– RadioShack – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. local time, but opening times vary
– Best Buy – 8 a.m. local time
– Sam’s Club – 8 a.m. local time
– Target – Availability will vary
– Walmart – Availability will vary
– Staples – Availability will vary

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Apple Engineers in ‘War Room’ Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Following the launch of iOS 8 to the public yesterday, Apple employees in Cupertino are working to locate and remedy iOS 8 bugs that are popping up. As described by one Reddit user, the company has a “War Room” at Apple where employees are tracking down issues on social media.

After installing iOS 8 yesterday afternoon, Reddit user Kiggsworthy tweeted about a problem he was having with Family Sharing. Shortly afterwards he was contacted by an Apple employee on Twitter, who requested details about the issue.

According to the employee, Kiggsworthy was experiencing a bug the team had been attempting to track down, but couldn’t reproduce, but his experience was able to help them solve the problem and push a fix to other users.

Turns out it was some subset of iTunes content that was uploaded over 8 years ago in a bad format that Family Sharing wasn’t playing nice with. They now know what bad content to look for and are going about putting re-encoded versions of all this media on their servers so that people will not get this error going forward.

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Photographer Tests iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Iceland, Demos Focus Pixels, Other Camera Improvements

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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With every iteration of the iPhone, Apple aims to bring significant improvements to the device’s camera. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no exception, packing in several new features like Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Panorama improvements, Slo-Mo video enhancements, and Optical Image Stabilization for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Professional photographer Austin Mann partnered with The Verge to test the cameras in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Iceland and came away with some impressive results.

One of the major new features in the new devices is Focus Pixels, which is the result of a new image signal processor. As described by Apple, Focus Pixels provides the sensor with more information about an image, which results in faster autofocusing.

In a video, Mann demonstrated Focus Pixels, showing much faster autofocusing on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As seen in the still below, taken from the video, the iPhone 6 Plus is able to refocus on a scene much more quickly after an object placed in front of the camera causes the lens to refocus.

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FlightAware Offers Tool For Tracking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-Order Shipment Flights

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Apple began shipping out early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders on Thursday morning, and FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has created a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after receiving a tracking number.

According to FlightAware, users can check the “departure scan” in their UPS tracking information which may match a departure time and flight listed on the tracking page. Currently, the page is tracking UPS flights from Shenzhen, China to Anchorage, Alaska and Anchorage to Louisville, Kentucky, all of which are standard flight rounds for shipping companies.

Currently, many iPhones that will be shipping out to customers overnight and in the morning are aggregated in Kentucky, a worldwide UPS air hub known as Worldport. Apple appears to have shipped the majority of iPhone units using Next Day Air.

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The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are expected to arrive on Friday, September 19, but oftentimes, some lucky customers receive their shipments early due to shipping company errors. Apple will also begin selling the devices in stores on Friday, but supplies are expected to be tight, especially for the iPhone 6 Continue Reading

Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Chipworks has done an impressive amount of investigative work on the Apple Watch and has managed to determine that the device appears to incorporate a BCM4334 Wi-Fi chip from Broadcom.

Chipworks spotted the chip in the video introduction of the Apple Watch, which shows Apple’s custom designed S1 Apple Watch chip in separate layers. Based on screenshots from the video, Chipworks determined that one of the chips towards the top of the processor resembled a Wi-Fi chip. The pattern specifically matched up with the Broadcom BCM4334.

The Wi-Fi chip on the S1 compared to the Broadcom BCM4334

What really caught my eye is the part located in the centre at the top. The pattern of contacts beneath it shows that it is a wafer-scale package flip-bonded directly to the board. To me, that pattern looks like a WiFi chip layout. [...]

So we then compared the pattern on the board to the most likely Broadcom WiFi chips. The pattern of contacts matches a BCM4334 single-chip dual-band combo device.

The Broadcom BCM4334 is a single-chip dual-band combo that combines 802.11 a/b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0 and an integrated FM radio receiver. It’s been used in the iPhone and iPad, Continue Reading

iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly in Very Short Supply for In-Store Launch

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in a number of countries, customers who didn’t place pre-orders for delivery have been claims, however, that those looking for an iPhone 6 Plus are likely to be disappointed, as the units are in extremely short supply.

We are told that stores have been receiving shipments all throughout the day, and out of all the new iPhone 6 models received, typically only about 2-3% are iPhone 6 Plus units, and in only one color.

There is “no chance” of finding an iPhone 6 Plus unit to purchase tomorrow, we were told. Sources also said there are no 16GB iPhone 6 Plus devices to be found.

The report notes that stores are seeing decent supplies of iPhone 6 units, with all colors and capacities available, but much like with the gold iPhone 5s last year, it appears that only a handful of customers at the very front of store lines will be able to purchase an iPhone 6 Plus at many locations.

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SwiftKey’s iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million Downloads in Under 24 Hours

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] displacing Facebook Messenger from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States.

Moving beyond the charts to look at raw download numbers, the success of these new keyboards is even more clear, with SwiftKey telling MacRumors that its iOS 8 keyboard has just passed one million downloads in less than 24 hours.

SwiftKey saw a brief launch delay yesterday due to App Store processing, and thus it did not go live until around noon Pacific Time, meaning that it has reached the milestone in roughly 22 hours.

SwiftKey is certainly benefiting from its positioning as a free app compared to competitors such as Swype and Fleksy, but it offers users a good opportunity to try out an alternative to Apple’s default keyboard. SwiftKey will continue to upgrade its keyboard over time, no doubt at some point adding in premium features to generate income for the company.

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iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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With yesterday’s launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis. Most of [Direct Link] is available for free from the iOS App Store, while Fleksy [Direct Link] costs $1.99 and Swype [Direct Link] is 99 cents.

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iOS 8 Downloads Cause Spike in Web Traffic as Adoption Rate Climbs Slowly

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Apple yesterday released iOS 8 to the public, opening the doors for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to download and install Apple’s latest version of iOS on their devices. According to The Guardian, this release caused internet traffic to surge in the UK by as much as 60 percent compared to the same time the previous day as millions of iOS users rushed to update their devices.

LONAP web traffic data from iOS launch timeframe (blue) vs. previous day (red)

Data from LONAP shows that web traffic surged just as iOS 8 was released at 6:00 PM UK time. Traffic remained strong for several hours, with a peak at 8:00 PM in the UK as more than 70 gigabits per second were being transferred through LONAP’s exchange.

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iOS 8 may have caused web traffic to briefly increase, but the first-day adoption rate of the mobile operating system is relatively low when compared to previous iOS rollouts. According to analytics firm Mixpanel, only 14 percent of the iOS devices that it tracks are currently running iOS 8. Data from mobile marketing company Fiksu shows a Continue Reading

Apple Working with U2 on New Music Format to Boost Digital Music Sales

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Apple and U2 have a long history of working together, producing a special edition U2 iPod in 2008 and more recently releasing the band’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free. According to Time, Apple and U2 now are collaborating on a new music format that will boost digital music sales.

Details on the music format or the secret project surrounding it were not revealed, but U2′s Bono says it will help musicians sell their music.

Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming to a stadium near you.”

Digital music sales are declining as consumer interest in online streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora grows. According to Nielsen SoundScan data from the first half of 2014, digital album sales fell 15 percent Continue Reading

Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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Apple has received one out of the two regulatory licenses it needs to sell the iPhone 6 in China, reports state-run news agency Xinhua (via Reuters). The handset is currently being reviewed by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which also examined the the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c before its launch in China last year. According to the news agency, Apple now needs a critical network access license before it can begin selling the device.

The news follows a report yesterday which stated that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China may be pushed back to 2015 due to the need for regulatory licenses. Currently, it is unclear as to whether Apple will secure the licenses in time for a late 2014 launch, although talks are said to be ongoing. A delayed launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China would hinder Apple’s presence in the country, which has been expanding rapidly throughout the past few years.

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Long Lines Forming for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch in Australia

Posted by | September 18, 2014.
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With Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going on sale in the first group of launch countries beginning on Friday, September 19, long lines have already started to form across the world as many anticipate the release of both devices. Apple retail customers in Australia will have the first opportunity to purchase the new handsets at 8 AM on Friday, as some have already begun lining up outside of the company’s various retail locations. Currently, it is 7:10 PM on Thursday, September 18 throughout many parts of Australia.

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One photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the Apple Store Doncaster, as the line is said to have started at 6 AM and stretches around the entire length of the shopping center.

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Meanwhile, a photo shared by Twitter user @rodgerodger shows the line surrounding an Apple Store in Brisbane. The image shows numerous customers setting up chairs and laying down supplies in preparation to stay the night ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 Continue Reading

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