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This is what happens when you drop the new iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Published by on Sep 22nd, 2014, No Comments

New iPhones

We all have that fear of dropping our brand new phones when we get them. At first, we treat our new toys like a newborn baby; cautiously and gentle and heaven forbid we drop them!

However, dropping your phone is an inevitable scenario that will play out sooner or later.

With the spotlight firmly on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it is only natural that testers around the world couldn’t wait to get their hands on them – purely to see how much of a beating Apple’s new devices can take.

The first is a drop test video by Android Authority (yes, it is strange that an Android channel will do an iPhone drop test) that tests the strength and resistance of the two new iPhones.

It’s important to remember that while the new iPhones are larger – 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus – and they are much thinner, too. As for their weight, the iPhone 6 weighs in at 129 grams and the 6 Plus 172 grams. For comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams.

The Android Authority video delivers some surprising results. While it is almost cringeworthy watching this young man dropping the phones (on purpose!), the results made us breathe a sigh of relief.

Surprisingly, both iPhones successfully pass the drop test with just a few minor scrapes and scuff marks.  (more…)

iPhone 6’s NFC is a one trick pony, for now

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

nfc

As is usual with Apple, the NFC on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will initially not be opened up to developers.

Many people were hoping that we would see some interesting uses for the new addition to the iPhone, but that seems to be impossible, at least for the time being. (more…)

Apple Pay – All you need to know

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Apple really hit it out of the park with their event last night. Along with finally announcing the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the swoon-worthy Apple Watch, the company also announced an all new service that will allow for mobile payments called Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is a mobile payment platform, that will in essence, allow you to make payments straight from your iPhone through the Apple Pay service.

The main goal with Apple Pay, as Tim Cook announced last night, is to make credit and debit card payments more secure – and of course easier and more efficient.

Cook started by saying that their goal is to eliminate the ‘fairly antiquated’ process of paying by card. He emphasized the fact that current credit or debit card payments are not as secure as we think. Magnetic strip cards are outdated and highly susceptible to fraud. While most of us have a chip card nowadays, these are also not as secure as they should be.

That is why the safest, most secure and most streamlined way of paying is mobile payments. As Cook said, with the current way of paying with physical credit cards, we are “totally reliant on exposed numbers”.

Apple Pay incorporates NFC technology to make the payments more secure. But besides the inner workings of Apple Pay, how it works (in layman’s terms to you and me) is quite simple.  (more…)

U2 releases free album on iTunes

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

U2 AppleOK, so everybody can breath again. Apple day is over, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been announced alongside the really good looking Apple Watch. You have to say since the passing of Steve Jobs, the annual Apple event has lost some of its charm and excitement. Not that Tim Cook isn’t good at hosting the show, he just isn’t Steve Jobs. So to make things more exciting and to cap of last night’s evening Apple had “one more thing” to share with the audience, U2, and they came bearing gifts… (more…)

Larger iPhone 6 model to have iPad-like qualities?

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

iphone landscapeSo we are literally counting down the hours until the big Apple event today. And true to form there seems to be speculation around the proposed devices until the very end. Since the idea came about to create larger smartphone and phablet devices many of the companies simply increased the screen size and left it there. Only a select few took advantage of the increased size to add a level of additional usability. Apple and Samsung both received a lot of praise for their tablet lineups (iPad and Galaxy Note) but it looks like Apple might just take a step further… (more…)

China Telecom accidentally leaks iPhone 6 image on Weibo

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

iPhone 6 leak Weibo

Well isn’t this a fortunate accident. According to various Chinese reports, China Telecom has accidentally leaked an official looking image of the iPhone 6 on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter.

The image is the first of the supposed official iPhone 6 images. And while there is (naturally) still speculation concerning the image, it is the most official looking picture we’ve ever seen.

Adding fuel to the flame that it is, in fact, an official image, is the fact the China Telecom subsequently deleted the post. Obviously, they realized their mistake, and tried to cover it up.

However, as we all know, once you put something up on the internet, someone will always find a way to save it.  (more…)

Report: Apple plans reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 19th, 2014, 6 Comments

Reversible USB port

We all know that USB plugs can be annoying. There is only one ‘right side up’ and more often than not, we get frustrated by first having to figure our which side up is the right side, before you can plug your device into a USB port.

Apple is reportedly looking to eradicate this frustration, by making their Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 reversible.

This means that the cable will be able to plug into any USB port form any orientation – thus eliminating the struggle of having to figure out which side is ‘up’.  (more…)

TMZ releases photos of alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, 2 Comments

TMZ iphone 6

It seems that everyday there is a new iPhone 6 rumour or supposed leaked image. That is because there is. And now, even celebrity gossip website, TMZ, has jumped on the iPhone 6 rumour train.

Yes, the hype around the upcoming iPhone 6 is so big that TMZ – famed for exposing celebrities’ dirty secrets – has released images of a alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6.

The website reports that the phone was “smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China” and photographed by a friend of an ex-Foxconn employee. While most people know that iPhones are manufactured at Foxconn in China, this unfortunately doesn’t mean this photo is legitimate.

The phone in the photos looks quite similar to other leaks we have seen over the last couple of weeks. The phone has a bigger body, bigger screen and more rounded edges.  (more…)

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