Tuesday Morning News
10 million. That’s how many iPhone 6 units Apple sold in the first weekend of sales, setting a new record. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the press release sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded expectations, thanking customers for the “best launch ever”. MacStories has a few graphs to put the numbers in context to previous years.
A report from TechCrunch earlier this morning claimed Apple would be shutting Beats Music down, taking with it the streaming music service and mobile apps. Re/code later debunked the rumour with a statement from an Apple spokesperson saying that the report was “not true”. Ars Technica’s take on all this is that changes will be coming to Beats in the future, and Apple will continue to evolve the brand over time as it sees fit.
Marco Arment theorises the golden age of mobile CPU performance growth is over, pointing to Geekbench results showing a lacklustre increase in CPU performance compared to previous generations. Anandtech recently analysed Apple’s A8 SoC, and have put up some preliminary benchmarking results for your viewing pleasure.
DisplayMate’s analysis of the LCD in the iPhone 6 Plus conclude it’s the best smartphone LCD they’ve ever tested, with the iPhone 6 LCD also placing pretty high up on the scoreboard. The display in the 6 Plus broke many of their records, including highest peak brightness, lowest screen reflectance, highest true contrast ratio, and more.
IMore has a comparison of the camera in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. I would have liked some detailed shots to show the difference the optical image stabilisation actually makes, but like Macworld concludes: there’s very little difference between the two, and the iPhone 6 camera is better than ever before.
Meanwhile, 9to5Mac jumped on YouTube and linked a whole bunch of the best time-lapse, slow-motion, and 60 FPS HD videos from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. None of these require any special skill to use, besides a little creativity and being able to recognise a good shot.
9to5Mac have details on the previously-rumoured 12-inch MacBook Air. They say it’ll have the new reversible USB Type-C connector, won’t have a fan, and interestingly enough, won’t include the iconic MagSafe connector. Not sure about that last one, although the rumours have said it’ll have a noticeably thinner design.
Setting up your Medical ID on iOS 8 allows access to emergency contacts when your phone is locked, provided you’ve got “Show When Locked” turned on in Settings. It’s definitely a good idea to do, just like the ICE campaign from a few years back which encouraged people to store emergency contacts in their phone.
The father of the iPad has weighed in on the death of the iPod Classic, saying he’s “sad to see it go” in an interview with Fast Company, at the same time acknowledging it was probably time for it to die.
Crimsonland HD is now available on the App Store for free with in-app purchases, and if you’ve never played this top-down dual-stick shooter, you’re missing out on one of the coolest games horde-shooters around. Touch Arcade has a good overview.