Tag Archive for ‘iPhone 6’

The Best iPhone ➝

John Moltz on the 4.7-inch screen of the iPhone 6:

I like my iPhone 6 well enough, but having used it for six months am I ready to fully submit to our large screen overlords? Not in the least. The large screen is the one thing I don’t like about it. It frustrates me daily. Reachability does not work consistently enough to be reliable and I can’t reach the upper right corner without that thumb-extension surgery which my health plan doesn’t cover. […]

I want an iPhone with a 4-inch screen, but in the end I’m going to buy what I think is the best iPhone. That’s what I did before the iPhone 6 and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I can’t say that one feature is a deal breaker without knowing what all the options are. I hope there will be a 4-inch iPhone this year in metal with the majority of the new features, but I doubt that will happen.

I occasionally bring up the “larger than 4-inch phone” topic with my fiancée and she couldn’t be more adamant about her dislike of them. She still uses an iPhone 5s, but plans to upgrade this fall when Apple announces their new iPhone lineup. And, she’s very worried that Apple won’t announce an iPhone that’s best for her.

The 5s is just small enough to fit comfortably in her back pocket — anything larger simply wouldn’t fit and she’d be stuck keeping it in her purse or carrying it around by hand everywhere she goes. Neither of which are ideal as it would make interacting with and keeping track of her iPhone incredibly cumbersome and would prevent her from using her iPhone as a pedometer (which has quickly become an essential feature for her). She also prefers the physical dimensions of the 5s over the 6 and 6 Plus as it fits better in her hand and is therefore easier for her to use.

She really doesn’t like the idea of using an iPhone that doesn’t feel comfortable to use. But, she still feels compelled to purchase the best device she can in order to ensure it will still feel snappy toward the end of our typical two year upgrade cycle. Like John, she truly hopes Apple will release a 4-inch version of “the best iPhone” that’s built with the same quality materials and has a similar feature-set as their higher end models. But, she’s unfortunately prepared to be disappointed.

Inside the Building Where Apple Tortures the iPhone 6 ➝

Josh Lowensohn, writing for The Verge:

It’s here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your shiny gadget into a small pile of metal and glass.

This reminds me of when Apple invited the press to tour their antenna testing facilities in response to antennagate in 2010.

Only Nine Customers Have Complained About Bent iPhones ➝

In case you needed any more evidence that these bent iPhone reports are overblown.

Trade-ins of Samsung Phones Tripled ➝

Tom Higgins, writing for Bloomberg:

When Apple’s main product, featuring bigger displays and faster chips, goes on sale starting in Australia, they may be best remembered as the generation of iPhones that won over consumers from rival smartphones.

He spoke with Chris Sullivan, CEO of Gazelle, who said that they were receiving a lot more Android devices as trades-ins this year than they did last year during the lead up to the iPhone 5s and 5c release.

Apple Pay

Sandwiched in-between the two hardware announcements that Apple made on Tuesday they spent some time talking about a new service called Apple Pay. Apple Pay is a new payment option that uses NFC built into the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to make purchases in retail stores and iOS applications that make use of new APIs in iOS 8.

Apple took a different approach than most other companies have when they built Apple Pay. It doesn’t seem focused on making the company money, but instead is focused on creating a better user experience. Security and usability are the two key points that Eddy Cue emphasized during his presentation on stage. And with Target’s credit card fiasco still fresh in everyone’s mind and news of Home Depot’s recent credit card breach, this announcement coincidentally comes at a time when everyone is thinking more seriously about security in regards to their credit and debit cards.

When you setup Apple Pay on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus you’ll be given the option to add your credit card that you already have on file for iTunes. If you’d like to add new cards the application prompts you to take a picture of your card from within the app, Apple then verifies that the card is yours, and adds it to Passbook as an Apple Pay option.

From a security standpoint, your iPhone doesn’t actually save your card information, instead saving device-specific account numbers and creating one-time card numbers and security codes each time you make a purchase. If you’re iPhone is lost or stolen you’ll be able to suspend payments on the device with Find My iPhone. And there’s no need to cancel your credit card, because the phone doesn’t save your actual account information.

I consider Apple Pay to be the most thoughtfully designed payment service available. It’s highly secure, easy to use, and simple to manage. But, I’m not sold on the whole “pay with your device” concept and never have been.

I’ve worked in retail for six years and can assure you that digging a credit card out of your purse or wallet isn’t going to take any longer than digging your phone out of your purse or pocket. The video that Tim Cook played on stage of a women at the cash register was a gross exaggeration of how long it takes to pay with a credit card. Many people will perceive Apple Pay as a quicker option at checkout than paying with their credit card. But, if you have your card ready when you get to the cashier, it’s just as quick to swipe your card and hit the green button as it would be to hold your iPhone up to the scanner with your thumb on the home button.

I loved what Eddy Cue said on stage about privacy, though:

So when you go to a physical location and use Apple Pay, Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it. The transaction is between you, the merchant, and your bank. And the cashier doesn’t get to see your name, credit card number, or security code, like they do today when you hand them a plastic card.

I’m a little concerned about that “when you go to a physical location” qualifier but this is definitely reassuring to anyone who was worried about privacy with Apple Pay. “We are not in the business of collecting your data” is a pretty good concept to pitch in a world where nearly every other tech company is in the business of collecting your data.

I joked on Twitter during the keynote that “now my credit card has a battery life.” Which was obviously said in jest but could actually be a concern for Apple Pay users. An early morning rise into a late night out with friends could become problematic when you go to buy another drink and your iPhone’s battery is dead. This can’t be the only form of payment you carry with you for this very reason.

I think Apple Pay will succeed — a lot of people are excited about it and it is more thoughtfully executed than any other competing solution on the market. But, I’m going to give it two or three years before I decide whether or not its something I’d want to use myself. Until then I’ll stick with my trusty debit card and the occasional few paper bills that end up in my wallet from time to time.

‘Record Number’ of iPhone Pre-orders ➝

Ina Fried writing for Re/code:

Demand for the new iPhones is higher than that seen in either of the past two years, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told Re/code.

Not all that surprising given the response I’ve seen anecdotally around the web.

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Start Tonight at 12:01 AM PT ➝

I’m skipping this year’s iPhone. But, if I had to purchase one I’d reluctantly end up with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in Space Gray with 64GB of storage. “Reluctantly” because I’m still not sold on the larger sizes, but I can assure you I’m not at all interested in the giant 5.5-inch model.

Thoughts on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple had some great announcements for us earlier today and among them were two brand new iPhones to take over as the flagship models for the next year. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn’t come as much of a surprise, most of the rumor sites had many of the features pegged months ago. But, it’s always nice to see the official announcement so we get a better idea of what the whole picture is. Even if it means having to sit through the cheesy new ads featuring Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon.

Bigger Than Bigger

Apple finally did it, they announced bigger iPhones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays respectively. Both sporting a new case design with curved glass at the edges and an aluminum back. Both have brand new “Retina HD Displays” with resolutions of 1334×750 at 326ppi for the 4.7-inch model and 1920×1080 at 401ppi for the 5.5-inch model. And if you were wondering how third-party apps would work with the new display sizes, they will automatically scale to fit, even if the developer hasn’t built their app with these new displays in mind.

Beyond the displays, there’s been a ton of other hardware advancements in these models as well. Faster A8 processor, better battery life, the next generation M8 motion coprocessor, VoLTE, 802.11ac, and some great enhancements to the front and rear-facing cameras.

But, the star of the show really is the new display sizes. It’s what many have been asking for and Apple finally delivered. Unfortunately though, I’m a little disappointed. I don’t want to bury the new sizes too much, but I’m a bit bugged that the phone has grown the way that it has. I understand that the market is pushing Apple to build bigger iPhones, and I understand that many will be happy about it. But, I don’t think I’ll be one of the happy ones.

I haven’t actually had my hands on the device yet (I’m not one of the lucky ones). But, Ars Technica put together a neat printable paper template that will give you an idea of how big the new iPhones are. They’re pretty big, maybe a little too big for my liking. Just comparing the size of the paper template to my iPhone 5s, I can tell that I won’t be able to reach all four corners of the device with my thumb while using it one handed. And, I’m not sure if it will even fit comfortably in my pants pocket.

I have discussed the new iPhone sizes with my girlfriend and I can tell you that she absolutely hates the new sizes. She has the same concerns as I do about being able to use it one handed, but her concerns about the size are a little bit more serious than mine. Her current iPhone 5s barely fits in her pants pockets and the iPhone 6 won’t actually fit in her pockets at all. That’s a bit of a deal breaker for her and she’s hoping Apple will “get their act together” and release a more powerful 4-inch iPhone next year for her to upgrade to.

I would like to actually hold one in my hand before I make my final decision about the new sizes. I don’t expect I’ll have any interest in the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s much larger than I would expect myself to ever want in a smartphone. The 4.7-inch model is much closer to what I expect the optimal size is for me, but it’s pushing it. And, without actually holding one in my hand, using it for a little bit (and trying to put it in my pocket), I don’t think I’ll have any idea how it will be to live with one day in and day out for two years.

The one bit of solace in this otherwise annoying iPhone announcement is that I don’t plan on upgrading my iPhone until next year. Since the original iPhone in 2007 I’ve purchased every other iPhone — with last year’s model being my most recent purchase. Maybe I’ll get used to the size over the next year or I’ll finally give in and just deal with it. Either way I’m glad I have an extra year before I have to make the decision.

iPhone Lineup

Apple does have an incredible lineup of iPhones leading into the holiday season, though. What strikes me most about this year is just how similar the iPhone lineup is to what the iPod lineup was at its peak — the iPod shuffle, nano, classic, and touch. The iPhone lineup is now as follows:

  • iPhone 5c – Free
  • iPhone 5s – $99
  • iPhone 6 – $199
  • iPhone 6 Plus – $299

Four options, just like the iPod. There’s now an option at every price point from free all the way to $299. This is exactly the same strategy that Apple used to push all of the other MP3 players out of the market — don’t give them any breathing room.