[From iFixit] Double the iPhone, double the teardown! With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7”, it’s still a giant among iPhones. What was so big that Apple couldn’t fit it into the familiar form factor? Let’s shake it out onto the teardown table and find out! Deets after the jump
Disclaimer, before I begin, I have opted to purchase both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+, I will decide upon which one I like and then obviously keep it, here are my initial thoughts, first impressions if you would.
Firstly let me say that this is the first post on PalmAddict that I have dictated on my iPhone 6 so I am stood here dictating this, of course I am happy. I will edit and post, again using the iPhone at the end. Now let me try and explain my thoughts, there is no sensible organisation to this mini review, these are just my initial thoughts, a user perspective of my first hour and a half or thereabouts with, let me talk about, the iPhone 6 - needless to say it is great!
Let me start with the screen, it is beautiful, no other word can describe it. I’m not sure whether it is me or not but it just seems somewhat brighter than my 5c or 5s, the colours are more vivid, a little deeper if you understand what I mean. Using outside is not too bad either, there is a slight wash out in the bright sunshine of the Manchester sunshine and I expected a little better but on the whole not bad. I can see myself using it fine on the beach but I think the midday sun will mean that I will have to up the brightness.
Battery, I cannot comment too much about this so far as I have only had my iPhone 6 an hour and a half however playing with the device, making a call and tweeting I would say that the battery has only dropped by 3% not bad going compared to my 5c or 5s. I am looking forward to getting a lot of good use from it as the days pass.
Playing YouTube videos is absolutely a delight, the screen is amazing, I know I have an iPad Mini and the screen is larger but the video just looks so much more crisp and clear, colourful too. Also and I am not sure whether this is the 4G connection or the wifi the video loaded super fast, if it is the processor then it is quick.
Speaking of the processor it is blazing fast, nothing is slow. I never had a problem with the 5s or the 5c in terms of speed but with the 6 you notice that everything is lightening fast - it will not make much difference to me but for me to notice it then it must have caught my attention and it must be significant.
iOS8, well to be fair I would not say it is revolutionary, from it, but I have always liked the iOS7 simple flat design and iOS8 perfects it even further. I like the minimalistic look on the 6, it’s clear, clutter free and it is pleasing to use. My favourite app on the iPhone 6 without shadow of a doubt is Flipboard, I love this app and using it on a larger screen device really is a treat. It was the first app that I opened on 6 and I am not disappointed. I stay connected with my friends social feeds using Flipboard, it’s the nearest to Friends tiles on Windows Phone so I like looking at their photographs and to be fair on the 6 everything looks awesome - no disappapoint.
In terms of the form factor of the phone, it feels good, not too big, I can do most things with one hand - it feels right. I have the grey version and I will be honest the design does remind me of the original iPhone, I cannot put my finger on why, I think it’s because it has a simple design, curves and all. Needless to say the design is beautiful, I will also say that it feels light, very light, it is a strange feeling to hold something which is a little larger than the iPhone 5s and it is so light. On the downside it does feel a little fragile, what I mean by that I am still scared to drop it, to be fair I am like that with all phones but I am still wary, maybe it’s because it is new. The screen by the way feels more robust, I am not going to purposely try to scratch it however it does feel somewhat more robust. I do have one negative comment to make and that is the fact the power button has moved to the side, it’s confusing and I forget that it is there, I will have to get used to that little modification.
Listening to music on the 6, well I have Spotify loaded it and I just blasted some Coldplay, to be fair it sounds ok, nothing spectacular and not better or worse than the iPhone 5, needless to say the audio emerging through the headphones is also similar to what I experienced in previous iPhones, it still sounds good.
By the way setting up the iPhone did not take too long, everything is there, the only thing that is missing at the moment is DropBox,I have elected not to download this due to back up issues and I am hoping that this is resolved today as I rely on my photographs being automatically backed up, it is something that I have always found to be a necessity.
As I dictate this I also see the words appearing on the screen in front of me rather than having to wait for me to dictate a thought and then edit it afterwards, this to me is a great update, although it is more based on the operating system rather than the iPhone itself.
Now I have both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+, I just could not decide so I have the option of either selling the device and do not want to find all giving it away as a throwaway on this blog. I did think I would be blown away with the 6+ and to be fair it is awesome, however I am preferring the iPhone 6 to its larger counterpart. It just feels right to hold, the device is so slim and the vivid display is awesome - I did not expect to prefer the 6 over the 6+ however that is what is happening.
Some more user thoughts over the coming days; as you can see I am very happy with my iPhone 6 choice and I will decide upon which one I am going to keep over the coming days. In the meantime I hope you’re having a great day.
I am quite glad that I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus, I went for the grey 128GB phone.Thankfully I’m not queuing all night although the Apple Store staff do a great job looking after everyone. I have a friend who is outside the Apple Store in Manchester City Centre and already at 8pm GMT / 3pm ET there is already 30 people in line he estimates. He may post updates later so I will upload to PA.
I have been very interested in following the Scottish referendum developments on my iPhone today. To read what has been happening, I have been, throughout the day, accessing both twitter and the BBC news website, it’s a great use of my mobile device. I will continue to monitor developments throughout the evening and into the early hours.
[From Lindsey] BBC give mention to iOS frustrations. “Apple iPhone and iPad users have taken to social media to express their frustration over installing the company’s latest software update. Many have resorted to deleting photos, videos and other files in order to free up space for the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS8, which requires up to 5.8GB of storage. Apple has also removed apps for its new health software because of a bug.” Deets after the jump
[From Thomas JK] I think Widgets are going to be come very popular in iOS8. “In March we reported on a new jailbreak tweak called ProWidgets that introduced a whole suite of widgets to the iOS 7 Notification Center. With today’s release of iOS 8, Avanio Labs, the company created by Alan Yip, has released several native widgets for the new operating system. These new add-ons will help you keep track of your calendar and to-do list, monitor the weather, and perform a ton of useful actions on the text stored in your clipboard.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] It is like Apple Christmas at the moment. “Apple has finally released OS X 10.9.5 for users on OS X Mavericks. While many of today’s software updates from the company are iOS 8 compatibility updates, 10.9.5 features only a handful of fixes and updates, including more reliable VPN connections when using a USB smart card and improved SMB server support.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Useful advice. “Though iOS users may have long suspected that certain apps are responsible for battery drain, until iOS 8 there was no surefire way to know for sure as Apple didn’t make that information readily available (though some third-party apps attempted to fill in the gaps). But with iOS 8, Apple is finally allowing users to see breakdowns of which apps are using the most amount of battery. Here’s how to view your battery usage stats and what to do next.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] No wonder Swiss watch makers should be worried. “According to Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber, Apple’s 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition may sell for as much as $4,999. “Most people think I’m joking when I say the gold ones are going to start at $5,000,” Gruber writes in a new blog post. “I couldn’t be more serious.”” Read in full
Go download iOS8, it’s available. “iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.”
[From Thierry] Hi Sammy I hope you are well and keep up the good work, I’ve been using a Galaxy Note 3 for the last 8 months and I have always loved it, battery is awesome and the screen is the best. I thought I’d make the jump and so now I have preordered the iPhone 6 PLUS and I am excited. I have to wait a week but it will be worth it in the end, I know I’m going to love it.
Remember that it is iOS8 day, so back up your iPhones and prepare top download the greatest next incarnation of iOS. Yes I am excited but I’m even more excited by the fact that my new iPhone 6 Plus will arrive tomorrow, hopefully, fingers crossed. I am also looking forward to the Note 4, as I have been promised a device will be sent to me so that I can compare it with its iPhone competition. It is times like this I enjoy having a technology blog and the fact that PalmAddict has been going for over 15 years, my teen years were spent updating the site, it’s been a blast, anyway I hope you have a great day and enjoy using your technology.
[From Hans] A good move by Apple. “The Cupertino California company originally tested the extra layer of iCloud.com security in June, which happened to be roughly over one year after the company first introduced Apple ID accounts back in 2013. When used, iCloud.com two-step verification asks users who log in to provide both a password and a four-digit code, the latter of which is sent to a “trusted device” via text, iMessage or push notification.” Read in full.
[From Eric Mann] Interesting editorial on the screen technology behind the iPhone. “Early last month when I was on my weekend hike, I accidentally dropped my iPhone face down on the cement. As you might expect, the screen broke and made it unusable. Thankfully, I was able to get a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple Store that same afternoon and got the screen replaced for the hefty price of $150.” Time Magazine website for the full read.
[From Hans] A fix is coming soon apparently. I hope so I use Dropbox to back up all my photographs. “According to Dropbox, its service has an unfortunate compatibility issue with Apple’s latest mobile platform that specifically affects the Automatic Backup function. The new software apparently prevents both Dropbox and its photo managing app Carousel from properly uploading photos and videos to the cloud.” Read in full.
[From James H] The Telegraph reviews the iPhone 6…positively. “Apple’s iPhone is the device that revolutionised the smartphone; the iPhone 6 is not so big an innovation as that. But with the 6 it’s as close as the company has come to a flawless reinvention, and with the 6 Plus there’s now, finally, an option that should satisfy those who hunger for more real estate. The reasons to buy an Android phone have never been fewer.” Read in full
[From Paul Biba] I’ve been on quite a trek these last few years trying to get away from the iPhone. Here are the results of my various trials:
Best operating system: Windows Mobile 8.1 is just a pleasure to use. Its easy to get around and very user friendly. It has the best notification system and the easiest way of cataloging your applications. Windows Mobile really puts the iPhone and Android to shame - it’s just fun to use.
Second best operating system: Android. No question that Android is better than iOS in notifications, system administration, configurability, etc. However, there is no such thing as Android. There is Nexus Android, Samsung Android, Motorola Android, HTC Android, LG Android - what a pain.
Third best operating system: iOS. It’s boring, not configurable, tethered to the stupid iTunes application, and a real pain if you need to do anything that requires a smidgen of multi-tasking. (I have some great stories about this non-multi-tasking problem when I broke down on my motorcycle on a solo cross-country trip.)
Best hardware: So far - Windows Mobile. I’ve been running a Nokia Icon (930 to you UK guys) and, as we would expect of Nokia the hardware is fantastic. The quality in the hand, the fit and finish, even better than my iPhone 5. You won’t believe this, but the screen is so good that it is just as readable outside in the full sun as it is inside! Most of all the camera (and I’m a long time camera freak) is nothing short of amazing
So why do I have an order in for an iPhone 6 Plus? First of all, I learned from using my 5” Nokia Icon how important a larger screen is. 4.7 is too small if you are a movie freak. But I could have ordered a larger Samsung instead. Why didn’t I? Because of the applications.
I switch back and forth between three phones - the iPhone 5, the Moto X Developer Edition and the iPhone 5. As much as possible I try to keep the same apps on each phone. With the Windows Mobile phone this is just impossible. The choice of apps is pathetic. And those apps that are available, when compared to Android or the iPhone, are generally pale imitations of what is available on other systems. It is obvious that they are quick ports made just to get them into the Windows ecosystem. (Three exceptions are MetroMail, NextGen Reader for RSS feeds and Podcast Lounge will stand up to anything out there, and beat most of them) The Kindle app, for example, is just pathetic when compared to Android or iOS.
For Android, let’s forget about how many apps Android an iOS have. I have many, if not most, of the same apps on my Moto X as I do on my iPhone 5. I’ll make an flat-out statment: In every single case the iPhone app is better than the Android one. More features, simpler to use - just better. Android apps are fine, and very good, but taken one-to-one, they are usually not as sophisticated as the same app on iOS. I’m fully into, by the way, the Google ecosystem and it works just fine for everything I need to do on iOS, so Android has no advantage here. iOS apps, compared to the same apps on Android, show more care to the details and general look and feel.
So — I’ve ordered a 128G iPhone 6 Plus. I will be bored by the OS and annoyed by the notification system. I will be pissed-off that I have to connect the thing to iTunes to transfer files. I will scream bloody murder about how unconfigurable it is. But - every single app I run on it will be better than the same app available on Windows Mobile or Android and so I’ll just have to put up with iOS (but when I go outside I’ll probably transfer my SIM to my Nokia Icon).
About a week ago I told my daughter that I was up for a new phone on Verizon and probably wouldn’t be getting the new iPhone. I told her I would probably get the Samsung Note 4. After some consideration, and after repressing my geek instincts, I ended up changing my mind.
The applications are where it’s at.
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Here are some of the ways I have used my iPhone today. Check stocks and exchange rates using the currency app on my iPhone. Listened to music on my iPhone in the gym. Respond to a couple of iMessages that came in overnight mostly from a friend in Brazil who was clearly enjoying a late night :-) Plugged my iPhone into the car and listened to Spotify. Took a couple of quick photographs using my iPhone and emailed them to people. FaceTime a friend of mine using wifi, great how it costs very little to do, he is in NYC, so very cost effective. Just a couple of ways I’ve used my iPhone today.
Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus - was £24.99 and is now reduced to £7.19
Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus - was £24.99 and is now reduced to £7.19 saving you 71%. More details after the jump. This is a really good offer actually and well worth taking advantage of if you are looking for a stylus for your mobile device. “Bamboo Stylus solo is the ideal partner for your iPad and all other media tablets. With all the feel and weight of a real pen and unmistakable state-of-the-art design, the Bamboo Stylus Solo offers a special digital pen experience. Try navigating, writing or drawing just like you do with an analogue pen and experience the convincing quality of Wacom. The Bamboo Stylus Solo gives your tablet even more functions than it already has. Write hand-written notes, annotate text, edit documents and photos, sketch your ideas or use the Bamboo Stylus Solo with apps to get creative in your own way.” It was £24.99 and is now reduced to £7.19 saving you 71%. Details after the jump.
[From Hans] Big numbers for Apple. “Although Apple will only have a matter of days to record iPhone 6 sales for the quarter ending September 30th, Rob Cihra of Evercore Partners believes Apple may ship over 35 million iPhones this quarter. But that pales in comparison to what’s in store for Q4. Cihra now believes Apple will ship 59 million iPhones in the final three months of this year — a better than 20% jump in shipments over the same quarter of 2013 when iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were all the rage.” Read in full.
Do you wish to remove the U2 album from your iTunes? Well now you can thanks to Apple. “Apple last week decided to give all iTunes registered users U2’s upcoming album, “Songs of Innocence” for free. However, many showed dissatisfaction with Apple’s move to automatically insert the album into their cloud-based iTunes account without asking. If you were one of these customers who complained, Apple has officially presented an easy and simple solution to this issue. The Cupertino-based company has a web portal dedicated to users who would like to remove U2’s album from their iTunes.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Wow!! amazing results again from Apple. “The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have set a new record for Apple pre-orders with more than four million advance orders for the new iPhones logged in the first 24 hours of availability.” Read in full
[From Frank M] A texting late, a little over the top? “With the practice of texting while walking becoming increasingly common, the city of Chongqing recently came up with an idea that may seem ridiculous at first, but could catch on: separate cell phone lanes for pedestrians.” Read in full on Mashable
[From Hans] Google launches Android One. “Google has officially launched the Android One platform in India. The initiative sees Google collaborating with Indian vendors Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice in providing an entry-level smartphone that offers a near-stock Android experience and a turnkey hardware solution. The tagline for Android One in India is “Apni Kismat Apne Haath”, which translates to “Your fate in your hands.”” Read in full.
The latest TechTalk podcast is available for your listening pleasure - a firm favourite for me. “Just three days later, in a super sized special edition, Kev gives his first impressions of the Moto G 2014 Edition, Nick wins the predictions battle and we give our thoughts on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” Listen after the jump.
[From Hans] A good editorial from iDownload Blog on task lists for the iPhone. Personally I use something called GoTasks, I have always used it and it works out well for me. “Not everyone needs a super duper comprehensive getting-things-done list. I may need to be able to schedule out every moment of my day, but it wasn’t always like that. I used to just make lists, which I think is the best way to be the most productive. Sometimes, you need a little bit of both. A solid list-making app can go hand-in-hand with a robust scheduling app.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Record breaking iPhone 6 sales. “Earlier in the day, AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega publicly stated to Re/code that Friday morning was a successful pre-launch for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and that the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been higher than any other iPhone in AT&T’s history – and that’s all of them, because AT&T was the first carrier to get the iPhone.” Read in full
[From Hans] Well worth watching. “Apple CEO Tim Cook is making the media rounds this week, following his company’s big product unveiling event on Tuesday. He’s spoken with ABC, The Wall Street Journal and several other outlets, and today he has popped up in an interview on PBS’ The Charlie Rose Show.” Read in full
[From Thomas JK] Thanks TJK a interesting editorial on the Apple Watch, worth reading. “I was lucky enough to be invited to Cupertino to witness the announcement of the Apple Watch firsthand, and though I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches.” Read in full
[From Hans] I hope this does get sorted, it’s a feature I look forward to. “Although the iCloud Photo Library was available during the iOS 8 beta testing period, Apple seems to have demoted the feature to beta status and even went as far as removing it from the iOS 8 golden master, which is the software set to be distributed to the public next week.” Read in full
[From Hans] This really is great to read. “Despite some significant hurdles that saw the U.S. Apple Online store remaining down until almost 3 AM Pacific Time and issues with ordering in the Apple Store app, it appears that Apple has set a new record for iPhone orders with last night’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders.” Read in full
[From Thomas JK] Still a lot for the Note 4 but I’d thought more for the Edge. “A Hyundai Securities analyst expects Samsung to ship 11 million units of the Galaxy Note 4 and just 1 million units of the Galaxy Note Edge. The former’s shipments won’t eclipse that of its predecessor, Galaxy Note 3, which was released around the same time last year.” Read in full
[From Hans] Trade in proving popular. “Old iPhone owners aren’t the only ones that are making the jump though – many Samsung users are also eager to upgrade their experience. According to buyback service, Gazelle, trade-ins of Samsung devices were up threefold on a weekly basis immediately after the media event this past week” Read in full
[From Hans] I’m glad I got my order in on time. “The demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has far surpassed any iPhone to date, and 11 hours after the beginning of pre-orders, Apple’s Web site is now showing a 3-4 week shipping estimate for Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, shows that it will ship immediately on September 19th (the launch date) on Apple’s Web site.” Read in full
I could not help myself, I went and did it, I purchased the new iPhone 6 Plus. Yes it is a temptation and I would categorise myself as an Apple fan boy but the larger screen, slimmer design, better camera and increased battery life was all too tempting. I used the Apple app on my iPhone, it’s loads fast and it is one click purchasing, plus the Apple.com website was still down so it was easier using the app. So I will let you know my thoughts once the new iPhone arrives, however I noticed that some devices are already selling out, we shall see what happens. I hope that you are having a great day.
[From Thomas JK] Some iPhone 6 models have sold out. “The iPhone 6 Plus model is now sold out in the U.S. and isn’t expected to ship for up to four weeks. However, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 version is still available for delivery on Friday, Sept. 19.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Worth reading. “In the wake of the latest leak involving 5 million Gmail addresses and (some) passwords, the advice was the same one we give in every situation like this: Change your password — especially if you re-use it on multiple services and websites. But if you’re checking to see if your email address and password is on the leaked list, beware of how you do it. You could get roped into another attack.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] A lot of praise to Apple for their pay system and this editorial is interesting. “Phone 6 and 6 Plus got NFC as the mechanism for Apple’s contactless payment service, Apple Pay. Pando suggests that the company’s timing may not be entire coincidental. While U.S. banks have so far ignored the more secure chip-and-pin cards used in Europe, sticking doggedly to magnetic strips and signatures, all that will be changing next year.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] With all the fashion experts joining Apple it seems they will be moving into the fashion business - smart clothes anyone? “Apple’s first wearable is heading full-stream down the product pipeline ahead of its early 2015 release, and to aid with the launch of its first fashion accessory, Apple has recruited the talents of Gap Inc’s second top marketing executive.” Read in full
Here is a feature of both my iPhone and my MacBook that I really appreciate, to be fair it’s integrated into the operating system. The fact that I can receive iMessages on my iPhone and respond to them on my MacBook, it is so convenient. Sometimes my iPhone will be in my pocket or in my bag, the message comes straight through to my MacBook and I can respond directly and quickly by typing a response. It is just convenient and I also like the fact that I will be able to answer telephone calls via my MacBook even when my iPhone is not in easy reach. I just think that technology such as this is so convenient, clearly it’s the operating system, but it works, makes makes my life easier, finding enhanced ways to communicate with friends.
So how have I been using my iPhone today? Good question, well not only is it my alarm, Gym buddy in terms of listening to music, a friend of mine has been Snapchatting with me this morning, I’ve also received photographs from a buddy that is on holiday in Canada, sending me pictures of the snow already, those pictures are fun to see. Checking out sports results, looking at upcoming football fixtures using Siri. In addition I have booked a hotel and some flights, emailed an engineer to come out and repair something at my home. Read, composed and responded to email, updated my Twitter and checked my Facebook messages. I’ve also made three telephone calls, received two. I’ve also checked my friends social network statuses using Flipboard, it’s so we can see what we are all up to and admire the photographs we all take. So these are just ate a few of the ways I have used my iPhone and it is only halfway through the day. I hope that you are having a great Thursday.
Using my iPhone to read Reddit messages on a thread that I am interested in reading about. I like Reddit simply because it is like a forum and I have found out some great information and facts. There are conversations about almost everything and anything so well worth taking a read if you get the chance.
As I have mentioned in the past I like to work out in the Gym and so I keep a record of my workouts on my iPhone, what I have been doing, what I intend to do, targets etc. As a keep fit fanatic this is great for me as I have a record of my present and previous regimes.
[From Stephen Trew] The future of Siri is being worked on. “Tucked away in an assuming building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a small Apple team has been working on the future of Siri. And that team is growing. A new report reveals that Apple is leasing a big new office and hiring away from competitors. It’s obvious that Siri will only be getting smarter in the future.” Read in full.