Monday Morning News
Everyone knows how good the camera in the iPhone is. A review of the iPhone 6 Plus camera in Iceland shows off just how good it actually is, looking at the difference focus pixels make, how useful exposure control is. Austin Mann explored the dynamic range, panorama mode, and new video features and concluded that yes, the iPhone 6 Plus does have an incredibly impressive camera.
Jason Snell at Six Colours compares the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to each other. Reachability might solve issues using the phone one-handed but has problems of its own with apps that haven’t been updated for iOS 9. The scaling done by the Plus is nigh-unnoticaable on the 401 PPI display. App scaling, on the other hand, is a better solution than simply letterboxing apps, but again, isn’t perfect with apps that haven’t been updated.
For what it’s worth, that’s entirely Apple’s fault for not revealing the exact iPhone display dimensions until the last possible moment. Very few third party apps I’ve come across support the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus properly, with Vesper, Clear, Instapaper, and 1Password being the ones off the top of my head that have. Tapbots says an update for Tweetbot is in the works (as well as the long-awaited iPad update), and Fantastical isn’t too far behind, either. A lot of other developers will be in the same boat, I’m sure.
While there’s no list of apps that have been updated specifically for the larger dimensions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, The Sweet Setup does have a running list of apps with substantial feature updates, either adding in their own Notification Center widgets or app sharing extensions. There’s a similar list from The Verge.
A new digital music format is reportedly being worked on by Apple and U2. It will be their attempt to revive digital music, but Marco Arment says anything that’s like iTunes LPs will fail miserably. Music ownership is hard enough these days as it is, he writes.
Apple’s latest patent filing explores the possibility of a better set of EarPods, ones with multiple sensors and microphones for noise cancelling. Using bone-conducting technology, these new EarPods could distinguish between when the user is speaking and when they’re not, and cancel out noise as appropriate.
An article looks at why Apple didn’t use sapphire displays, after all the um-ing and ah-ing the Apple rumour sphere did on the subject before the release of the iPhone 6. Time cites a number of factors for why a sapphire display wasn’t included, cost, design and battery life being some of them.
John Gruber published some great Apple Watch speculation after Apple’s big reveal, penning some smart thoughts on potential pricing of the unit. Based on previous first-generation products from Apple, Ars Technica advises against buying version 1.0 of Apple’s upcoming wearable.
ILounge notes that even though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support 2.1A of charging current, they only ship with 1A power adapters. Strange move from Apple, who could have easily included a 12W power adapter in the box.
Peter Cohen of iMore explains how the battery usage monitor works, and advises us all not to freak out and uninstall Tweetbot if that’s all we see sucking up precious battery power. (Or maybe do, I don’t know.) On the other hand, the battery in the new iPhone is pretty great.
Apple sweat the small stuff, and that fanatic attention to detail extends to their website marketing materials, where they’ve localised screenshots for Australians. It’s called optimising for 0.33% of the world’s population, as detailed by Long Zheng.
I cringed a little when I saw the teenager from Perth drop his brand spanking-new iPhone 6 on live TV. Awed at the absolutely insane line outside the Regent Street Apple Store. And frowned at the rise of black market iPhone trading.
This morning’s header image of a screenshot from the iPhone 6 Plus compared to the original iPhone. Full size, right over here.