WSJ: Next iPhone to get Force Touch, distinguishing between light and deep taps

By Jake Smith on Mar 10, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports on Tuesday that Apple will include Force Touch technology on its next line of iPhones, being able to distinguish between a light tap and deep press, like on the upcoming MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch.

Furthermore, the publication reports Apple may include a pink option of the next iPhone, believed to be called the “iPhone 6s”, that will keep the same design of the current iPhone 6. Read More

 

Tempo gets a facelift, now optimized for iPhone 6 screens and with reminder improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Tempo Smart Calendar for iOS received a significant update today. The iPhone and iPad application now has a new look and feel and takes full advantage of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus resolutions while introducing several improvements to reminders.

Moreover, the team has improved Tempo’s localization to several languages and made other notable change that elevate your overall experience with the software. Read More

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Apple iPhone 6 put together for speed test

By Jake Smith on Mar 7, 2015

PhoneArena is on hand at Mobile World Congress, where it got the chance to compare the freshly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Apple iPhone 6. The speed test was caught on video, where the Galaxy S6 Edge’s Exynos 7420 is put to the test against the Apple A8 process found within the iPhone 6. Read More

 

Barclays: Apple could sell 54 million iPhones this quarter

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

Barclays is out with a research note on Thursday indicating Apple’s most profitable business is nowhere close to slowing down. Analyst Ben Reitzes, citing supply chain sources, says the Cupertino-based company is on pace to sell 54 million units in the March quarter, a year-over-year increase of 24 percent.
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Rumor: iPhone 6s has 2GB RAM and Apple SIM

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Apple’s upcoming S-refresh to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus apparently includes two gigabytes of random-access memory (RAM), a feature long expected by Apple fans who have been eyeing top-end Android handsets with 3GB of RAM with envy. More RAM = better multitasking = longer battery life.

Furthermore, the phone ship with the Apple SIM which debuted alongside the iPad Air 2, as reported by AppleInsider quoting “a person familiar with Apple’s future product plans” who in the past has provided “reliable info.” Read More

 

Research: 25% of smartphones in urban China are iPhones, Samsung overtakes Apple in US

By Jake Smith on Mar 4, 2015

Research-firm Kantar Worldpanel released a note on Tuesday showing the iPhone is seeing continued growth in China. During the three months ending in January 2015, Apple reached its highest ever marketshare in the urban parts of the country as one in every four smartphones sold were an iPhone.  Read More

 

Here are Samsung’s answers to the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay

By Jake Smith on Mar 1, 2015

Samsung just took the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday to unveil its answer to the iPhone 6, its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagships. Succeeding the Galaxy S5, which Samsung had trouble selling, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will ship April 10 on all four major US carriers.

Samsung is remaining mum on pricing for either handset, but has revealed specifications for the devices. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature a 5.1-inch quad HD display, 2.1GHz quad-core processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 16-megapixel OIS rear-camera, and 5-megapixel front-camera.

The introduction of both handsets wasn’t in the company’s typical fashion. Samsung’s event at Mobile World Congress wasn’t a theatrical affair, instead the South Korea-based company got to the point when it came to ushering in its reinvigorated product line. It was quite refreshing.  Read More

 

Apple showcases ‘shot on iPhone 6′ images on its homepage

By Jake Smith on Mar 1, 2015

Apple has launched a new spot on its homepage to show images shot on the iPhone 6, interestingly following the announcement of the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 on Sunday. Read More

 

Apple reportedly planning Force Touch for 2015 ‘iPhone 6s’ lineup

By Jake Smith on Feb 28, 2015

The 2015 line of iPhones that are expected to launch this fall will feature the Force Touch input that is found on the Apple Watch, according to AppleInsider.

The Apple rumor publication, citing its own sources, says the next-generation handsets are internally codenamed “N71″ for the 4.7-inch model and “N66″ for the 5.5-inch version. They’re said to keep the “iPhone 6s” naming convention like the iPhone 5s, and like with every “S” model release, will retain the same design as the previous version. Read More

 

Sprint launches $65 per month unlimited plan for iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

Sprint announced on Friday it’s beginning a $65 per month unlimited plan for the iPhone 6, exclusively offered through Best Buy.

The plan is called the “Best Buy One Plan” and requires a customer to lease a 16GB iPhone 6 with a two-year contract (which is $20 per month).  Read More

 

Apple looking to strike funding deal with Japan Display for new factory

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

Japan news source Nikkan reports that Apple is in talks with Japan Display to fund a new factory in the region that will be responsible for manufacturing LCD displays for iOS devices. Exact details are said to still be in the works, but the funding is said to be somewhere around 200 billion yen (roughly $1.7 billion). Read More

 

Motorola president says Apple charging ‘outrageous prices’

By Jake Smith on Feb 18, 2015

The smack talk between Apple and Motorola continues, as Motorola president Rick Osterloh called out Apple for “outrageous prices” in an interview published by the BBC on Wednesday.

“We do see a real dichotomy in this marketplace, where you’ve got people like Apple making so much money and charging such outrageous prices. We think that’s not the future,” Osterloh said. “We believe the future is in offering similar experiences and great consumer choice at accessible prices.” Read More

 

UK banks RBS and NatWest now allow account access via Touch ID fingerprint identification

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

As reported Wednesday by BBC News, two banks in the United Kingdom will soon allow their customers access their bank accounts using Touch ID-based fingerprint identification technology, a UK first.

“RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter,” reports the BBC.

To protect their customers’ sensitive financial information and mitigate risk, the banks have put a number of restrictions in place to augment Apple’s existing Touch ID safeguards. Read More

 

Turn your iPhone into a Batmobile or Delorean with these crazy light-up cases

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

Folks in the market for a distinctively different iPhone case who don’t mind some bulk should check out a pair of crazy cases hailing from Japan.

As highlighted by TouchArcade, the cases turn your device into a near-perfect replica of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or a Delorean from Back to the Future II, complete with blinking LEDs and sliding plastic doors to reveal the camera lens and the physical buttons.

Though impractical in terms of daily use, these cases will sure turn heads and make you the star of every party. Created by Bandai, they’re available in Japan for 5,940 yen, which works out to approximately $50. Read More

 

February 25 Modern Family episode shot on iPhone and iPad, takes place on a MacBook screen

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.

The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More

 

You can actually hear the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

It’s odd to think about, but did you know that the Touch ID sensor on your iPhone makes noise? If you hold an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus up to your ear in a quiet room and touch the Touch ID sensor, then you will hear a very faint clicking sound emitting from the vicinity of the sensor. It’s just another weird fact gleaned from the /r/apple this morning. Read More

 

Report: iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of iPhone 6 users

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

Owners of larger smartphones tend to use a lot more data than those with smaller screens, according to a new report from Citrix. The marketing research firm found that, on average, iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of those with an iPhone 6.

While it makes sense that the 6 Plus would eat more data due to its larger display, Citrix thinks the difference has more to do with user behavior. People are treating the 6 Plus like they would a tablet, playing more games and streaming a lot more video. Read More

 

Latest Samsung Galaxy S6 leak looks close to iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

The latest leak for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 point to the flagship smartphone looking very close to the iPhone 6 that was released by Apple last fall. Nowhereelse.fr got its hands on alleged photos of the handset’s parts, showing a metal cassis with rounded sides.

More suspect, the photos also show feature placement of the Galaxy S6 is the same on the iPhone 6 for the headphone jack, speaker, cable connector, and SIM card. There’s also similar antenna breaks, however they’re found on the bottom and top of the device instead of the left and right sides. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers

By Jake Smith on Feb 2, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta build of iOS 8.2 to developers on Tuesday, marking the fifth build of the software.

The new software, build number 12D5480a, is available to download over-the-air and should be available through the Developer Center soon. Apple claims the new beta “contains bug fixes and improvements.” Read More

 

Apple Pay gains support at 200,000 kiosks, vending machines and more

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

USA Technologies announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing Apple Pay support to 200,000 acceptance points, which includes owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances. Read More