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Back to the iPhone: Features Versus Implementation And The Truest Words You’ll Ever Read About Android

Number sixty three on my list of things I love about Apple is their announcements. It’s always “here’s a thing, here’s what it does, here’s how much it costs, and here’s when you can get it”. And then boom, just like that, a week later, we have the new shiny in our hands. Apple Watch notwithstanding1, it’s how the vast majority of Apple products in recent memory have been launched, and it’s easily one of the best things about the company.

This is new iPhone week, where the larger screened iPhone 6 and even bigger-screened iPhone 6 Plus will become available to everyone in Apple’s first tier release countries. This Friday, Apple aficionados all across Australia (along with the US and eight other countries) will be able to get their hands on the first larger-screened iPhone since the iPhone 5 in 2012. It’s been a long time coming, but this time, it’ll come with Touch ID, a better camera, a faster processor, and iOS 8, Apple’s latest and greatest iteration of their mobile operating system.

I. Cannot. Wait.

Not because I’m particularly excited about a new iPhone per se, but mostly because I’ve been iPhone-less since June. Using Android as my smartphone platform of choice gave me a chance to experience life on the other side of the fence, so to speak, and as a longtime iOS user, it’s really opened my eyes about what Android is like in real-world day-to-day usage. And let me tell you now, it’s not all cutesy codenames for versions of Google’s mobile OS.

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Wednesday Morning News

2Let’s get this one out of the way: there’s two sides of the U2 album promotion from Apple. Either you sit on the side explained by Peter Cohen of iMore, looking a gift horse in the mouth and taking issue with a free album that cost you literally nothing, or you take Marco Arment’s stance on the issue and call it a sloppy, hamfisted execution of a promotion that could have been handled so much better. Either way, U2′s album has been accessed over 33 million times.

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Tuesday Morning News

screen-favoriteOver four million in the first twenty four hours. That’s how many iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered, setting a new record for the device and making the most popular iPhone, ever. In the press-release, Apple also names the 22 countries getting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 26th, one week after the initial launch in the first-tier release countries.

The third public beta of OS X Yosemite has been released to testers, and Ars Technica notes it comes just two days shy of the official release of iOS 8. If you’re a Yosemite beta tester, you can grab the software update now and still be able to update your system to the Gold Master when it comes out. Somewhat curiously, Apple still hasn’t announced an official release date for Yosemite.

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Monday Morning News

hero_xlargeOn a scale of one to “putting a U2 album in the iTunes library of everyone with an iTunes Store account”, how much fun was iPhone 6 pre-orders on Friday? 5PM on a Friday afternoon just isn’t an ideal time for Aussies, but either way, Apple has said pre-orders overnight set sales records. While they haven’t disclosed how many units have been pre-ordered, the majority of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now listed as available to ship within 3-4 weeks, with the remaining sitting at 7-10 business days. Anecdotal evidence suggests the iPhone 6 Plus sold out faster than its smaller sibling, but was that due to a shortage of the 6 Plus or due to it being genuinely more popular? We’ll probably never know.

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Friday Morning News

apple-watch-photosLeading up to the launch of the iPhone 6, there was endless speculation about whether the device would have a sapphire display. Some analysts thought it would, others weren’t so sure. Now that we know, definitively, that the iPhone 6 does not come with a sapphire display, there’s just one question left to answer: why? The problem, as reported by MacRumors, is that finishers in China were having issues creating the curved edge of the display on the sapphire covers GT Advanced were shipping out, which led to missing the window by “weeks”.

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Thursday Morning News

DSC_7935-2040_verge_super_wideEveryone has hands-on previews with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this morning. Ars Technica says they look and feel nice, with their curved edges compared to the harsh chamfered edges of the iPhone 5 series, but with the caveat that one-handed usage might not be all its cracked up to be, Reachability aside. Similar impressions from Engadget and The Verge (who actually have one preview for each device) take a look at the elongated volume controls, bands on the back, and the camera lens that protrudes from the rear of the device.

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Apple’s September 2014 Event Wrap Up, Stream Was Weird Edition

Apple’s September event announcing the next iPhone and Apple Watch wrapped up earlier this morning, and besides a few stream glitches in the early game, it was pretty smooth sailing. Here’s a summary of everything they announced.

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened proceedings, cutting things short by not giving us any remarkable numbers about Apple Stores, iPhone sales, or anything like that. Instead, it was straight into the new iPhone, just nine minutes into the event. Accompanied, as many people on my Twitter stream will attest to, test pattens with transmit truck schedules, frequent stream dropouts, and let’s not forget, the Mandarin translation of everything Phil Schiller was saying on stage.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Apple’s latest iteration of the iPhone. The press release calls them the biggest advancements in iPhone history, which may be a small play on words there. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with larger displays than their predecessors, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens at 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080, respectively. Both models come with A8 processors with 25% faster CPU and 50% faster graphics over the previous generation. The new M8 motion co-processor now measures altitude as well as steps, and that combined along with HealthKit means you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’ve moved during the day.

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Monday Morning News

i-1-ive-newson-apple-red-auctionWe’re less than two days from the latest and greatest from Apple, and still there are parts from the next iPhone being leaked. The rear camera of the 5.5-inch iPhone did the rounds over the weekend, not to mention those videos that showed fully assembled units powered on and working. I won’t be linking to those here as I think that violates some kind of new iPhone sanctity, but you know where to find them if you’re so inclined.

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