iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available for pre-order

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

Following their unveilings on Tuesday, Apple has made both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available for online pre-order. I want to be up front and say that I have not seen the online store (website) come back up yet, but myself and a number of readers/colleagues have managed to place orders through other avenues.

It seems like people are having the most success with the Apple Store app. It takes some patience, and maybe even a few tries, but that’s how I placed my order, and was able to opt for in-store pickup. Otherwise, you can try your carrier’s website—I see some folks on Twitter have had luck ordering with AT&T and Verizon.

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Apple’s online store down ahead of iPhone 6 pre-orders

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

Apple has just taken its online store down, ahead of the pre-order launch for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Beginning at 12:01 am Pacific Time, or 3:01 am Eastern Time tomorrow, customers will be able to place pre-orders for both of the handsets.

Apple unveiled the 6 and 6 Plus at a major media event on Tuesday, announcing that both models have bigger screens than any other iPhone before them. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch display.

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Reuters: future Apple Watch versions to offer richer health features

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

Future versions of the Apple Watch will focus more on health-related tracking, reports Reuters this afternoon. Citing people familiar with the company’s project, the outlet says that it plans to include “richer health features and additional sensors” in later generation models.

This would certainly appease those in the healthcare industry, and fitness junkies, who expected Apple to unveil a smartwatch earlier this week with groundbreaking health features. Instead, it merely tracks your heart rate, and movements via an iPhone’s Wi-Fi and GPS. Read More

 

These templates will help you decide which iPhone 6 size is right for you

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

On its website, Apple says that the iPhone 6 is 5.44 inches (138.1 mm) tall, 2.64 inches wide and 0.27 inches thick. The larger iPhone 6 Plus is 6.22″ x 3.06″ x 0.28″. These numbers are great, but they don’t really give you a good idea of how big these devices actually are, so we decided to try something else.

Some templates have been floating around the web for the past few days, showing skeleton models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus using the above dimensions. The idea is for you to print these models out and compare them to other items, and we thought a good point of reference for scale would be the iPhone 5s. Read More

 

CSwitcher brings your App Switcher to Control Center

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 11, 2014

The App Switcher, one of the most frequently used feature on iOS 7, can be accessed by double pressing the Home button. If you ever wanted to access the App Switcher from Control Center, you might want to check out a new jailbreak tweak known as CSwitcher.

Developed by Brogan Miner, CSwitcher replaces the Quick Launch apps in Control Center with the App Switcher, allowing you to take a quick glance at the apps running in the background directly from Control Center as well as close any of them. Personally, since I never use the Quick Launch apps, CSwitcher could be a good replacement. Read More

 

Apple to allow in-store pickups for iPhone 6 pre-orders

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

It looks like Apple will be giving folks who pre-order the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus the option to pick up their devices in-store, rather than having to wait for them to be shipped to their houses. The retail iPhone page on Apple’s website invites users to pre-order the new handset, and choose to “have it shipped to you for free, or pick it up in store.” Read More

 

Taptaptap teases Camera+ 6 with manual controls and other new features

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

Ahead of the release of the new iPhone 6, and its upgraded camera, and iOS 8 with its various new features, Taptaptap has begun teasing a major update for Camera+. Called Camera+ 6, the update will bring about manual controls and several other new features.

The new manual controls are split into 2 groups: “Shutter Priority” and “Full Manual control.” The former allows you to set your shutter speed, while the camera sets the ISO, and the latter allows you to customize both settings without any software intervention. Read More

 

Bicolor goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

Folks who missed the opportunity to grab Bicolor when it was offered for free in the Apple Store app will be happy to hear that it’s gone on sale again. Apple is offering the popular game for free from now through next Thursday as part of its App of the Week promotion.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Bicolor is a deceptively-complex puzzler that tasks players with solving 240 handmade puzzles. In each level you must figure out how to draw a path with one color, and then cover it up with another using the right amount of moves. Read More

 

The survival guide to pre-ordering your iPhone 6

By Sébastien Page on Sep 11, 2014

Unlike last year, Apple will let you pre-order your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus tonight, starting at 12.01 am PT. If our recent poll is any indication, it seems that almost twice as many people will pre-order the phone rather than wait in line next Friday to buy it directly from an Apple Store or one of the authorized retailers.

Pre-ordering has both its advantages and its drawbacks, so you should carefully weight your options before making a decision. To help you out, we’ve created this survival guide to pre-ordering your iPhone 6 where we share some simple tips on how to prepare for tonight. Read More

 

This is why the iPhone 6 won’t come with a sapphire screen

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 11, 2014

The many rumors suggesting that the iPhone 6 was going to feature a sapphire display were quelled when Apple announced both new iPhones without any mention of an extremely durable sapphire screen. Now, analyst Matt Margolis reports that Apple had every intention to ship its latest iPhone with sapphire glass, but production deadlines were missed by just “weeks.”

As reported by MacRumors, the issue was not with Apple’s Arizona-based sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, but rather with the iPhone 6′s supply chain in China, which was unable to yield sufficient quantities of the displays produced with sapphire glass. Read More

 

iCloud Drive and Settings web apps go live on iCloud Beta, we go hands-on

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

As we count down the remaining days until the September 17 public release of iOS 8, Apple is busy updating a beta version of the iCloud web interface with a pair of newly-added web applications: iCloud Drive and Settings.

iCloud Drive is especially interesting as a web-based fronted for Apple’s file-hosting service which can be accessed through a desktop web browser on any Internet-connected computer.

Though not as fully-featured as, say, Dropbox‘s web interface, iCloud Drive provides basic features to manage that cloud-based storage of yours, browse the file structure, as well as add, remove and download files.

Both web applications are available after logging in to beta.icloud.com. Read More

 

Apple dispatching Greg Joswiak to speak at inaugural Code/Mobile conference next month

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of iPod, iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, will be speaking at the inaugural Code/Mobile conference next month, Re/code confirmed today.

“Joz,” as he is called by friends and colleagues, will be sharing details on Apple’s latest product announcements, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

He’s also expected to talk about iOS 8 and more. Read More

 

EA confirms SimCity BuildIt coming to iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

Electronic Arts, the world’s top games publisher, announced yesterday that it’s readying SimCity BuildIt, the latest installment in the popular city-building franchise, for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Once again, the game will task you with building a city of your dreams, with the choices you make evolving your city in a variety of ways.

“Meet your citizens’ needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens’ wrath,” the company wrote. Pricing and availability information will be publicized in due time. Read More

 

Poll: will you pre-order or buy your iPhone 6 in store?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

Apple will start accepting pre-orders for the newly-introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus tomorrow, September 12, a full week before the device is scheduled to land on store shelves the next Friday, September 19.

Busy folks may opt to have their phones delivered to their doorsteps while others may prefer the excitement of launch day festivities and mingling with like-minded fans at one of Apple’s brick and mortar stores.

Are you going to pre-order your iPhone 6 from the comfort or your home or will you waltz inside your nearest carrier or Apple Store on September 19 at 8am? Read More

 

Concept imagines round Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

The Apple Watch has been long in the making so it doesn’t come as a surprise that resident critics would scratch their head over its square design as soon as Apple took the wraps off the $349 device on Tuesday.

But what it the Apple Watch was round like the $249 Moto 360, sans Motorola’s bezel chin at the bottom? That’s precisely the kind of question that a set of gorgeous conceptual renderings designed and shared on Facebook by Alcion strive to answer. Read More

 
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