Tag Archive for ‘iPhone 6s Plus’

iPhone Downsizing ➝

Shawn Blanc, on switching from the iPhone 6s Plus to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7:

However, as awesome as it was to have the larger screen, the better battery life, and the nicer camera… it just wasn’t worth the tradeoff for the unwieldy size. More often than not I found myself frustrated by my inability to wrangle the phone with one hand and just how clumsy I felt when trying to use it.

After a good year-long run with the iPhone 6s Plus, I’ve returned to the regular size iPhone. And I have no regrets.

I would love to have longer battery life in my iPhone, but not if it means carrying around a more clumsy device.

iFixit Investigates the iPhone’s Waterproof Capabilities ➝

iFixit:

But over the weekend some brave Apple fans introduced their new iPhones to a life aquatic. The phones didn’t always emerge unscathed, but the overall trend is clear: the 6s and 6s Plus are dramatically less prone to liquid damage than their predecessors. (They aren’t, of course, completely waterproof—so don’t jump into a pool with them or anything.) […]

So, there are still places for water to get into the case. Maybe that strip of goo around the display isn’t for waterproofing after all, but has some other nefarious purpose; 3D Touch is a new technology, so it’s hard to say. Nevertheless, we think this is an exciting step forward for the iPhone and its fans.

I think Apple’s decision to stealth-upgrade the iPhone’s waterproof capabilities is extremely smart. Making the iPhone more resilient to spills is an incredible feature, but if Apple were to laud it as a tentpole feature, they run the risk of having users treat their iPhones carelessly. Apple wants the iPhone to survive more water incidents, but you don’t want users to get the wrong idea about using their iPhone in and around water — it’s probably still not a great idea.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone 6s or 6s Plus ➝

Serenity Caldwell, writing for iMore:

Instead of routing your voice packets through your carrier’s closest cell tower, those packets get tunneled through the Internet to a controller used by your cell company, which then bounces them across the network to whomever you’re speaking. The net result is that you’re talking, but you’re not actually using a cell tower to do it.

If your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling, it’s a great way to get clearer, crisper calls when chatting with all your friends—not just those on an iPhone or Mac.

I’d also suggest check out Rene Ritchie’s tip on adjusting 3D Touch sensitivity.

John Gruber Reviews the iPhone 6s ➝

I haven’t had a chance to read any of the iPhone 6s reviews that were published yesterday, but this is the first one I plan on getting to during my next day off.

iPhone, Supply, and Demand

Apple, in a statement to CNBC:

Customer response to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world. We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale Sept. 25.

As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6S Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period. We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6S Plus as well as iPhone 6S units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday.

Although demand for the new iPhones was stronger than in previous years, most models were still available for first-day delivery several hours after preorders started. I guess I should feel a bit foolish for staying up so late to preorder mine when I could have done it at a more rational hour on Saturday. But honestly, I might have been up that late anyway.

Kirk McElhearn was the first person I noticed to point out the more readily available supply in his piece asking whether there was low demand or high production:

I was surprised to find that, at around 4 PM Saturday afternoon, or eight hours after the iPhone went on sale, it was still possible to order one for first-day delivery. In fact, it is now Monday morning, over 48 hours since the iPhone went on sale, and it is still possible to order certain models and have them delivered on September 25, the first day.

Of the lot, the rose gold models and every flavor of iPhone 6s Plus were the first to see slipping ship dates — which makes sense to me given that the rose gold option is a new addition to the lineup and the 5.5-inch form factor is only a year old. Overall Apple did a much better job keeping pace with preorder demands, but they still missed the mark with these models.

Aside from the demand for the new and shiny, KGI Securities claims that the supply constraints on the iPhone 6s Plus is due to production issues related to the 5.5-inch display’s backlight hardware.

KGI Securities, as reported by 9 to 5 Mac:

We believe Radiant is receiving rush orders, because Minebea is having production issues. This tells us that Radiant is more skilled at producing backlight module for 6S Plus given its accumulated abundant experience supplying the backlight module for iPad mini (a similar size to 6S Plus). To accelerate availability, we believe Apple has been transferring substantial 6S Plus backlight module orders to Radiant.

I’m very impressed with Apple’s ability to keep up with demand this year, especially considering they’re on pace to beat last year’s record of 10 million units in the first weekend. The iPhone I decided to preorder, 64GB iPhone 6s in Space Gray, is still available for first-day delivery as of Monday night. That’s incredible. And I’d expect that model to be one of the more popular of the bunch.

An Aside on Preordering

My preorder experience went as smoothly as I could expect considering I placed my order on AT&T’s website. I would have purchased straight from Apple, but unfortunately the only way to get 2-year contract pricing is if I order from AT&T. I had two windows open on my MacBook Air one pointed at att.com and the other at att.com/iphone. AT&T had setup simple webpages at both of these locations which reloaded every 30-seconds or so and would supposedly show you the storefront once you were at the head of the line.

I, like a dumbo, waited about 10-15 minutes with Safari refreshing before deciding to give it a go on my iPad. AT&T’s full website loaded on the first try (of course) and I was able to meander my way to the iPhone 6s product page. It took a few more page reloads and a couple of instances of backtracking, but I was eventually able to place my order at about 3:20am. I closed the lid on my MacBook, set my iPad on the coffee table, conked out on the couch, and slept until noon.

To the Doomsayers

I think it’s obvious that we haven’t reached peak iPhone, Apple has simply matured their supply chain to the point where they are able to keep up with initial demand — to the tune of 10+ million units, I might add. There’s still some occasional hiccups in the system, this year it’s backlight hardware, next year it may be something else, but it’s abundantly clear that Apple has built the most sophisticated hardware pipeline in the world. No one has this kind of expertise when it comes to manufacturing consumer electronics.

There’s no telling when demand for the iPhone will falter, but eventually it will happen. I don’t think it will anytime soon — as in, the next 3-5 years — but in the meantime Apple may actually reach the point where anyone with the means to do so can stroll into a retail store on iPhone launch day and walk out with a brand new device. And that’s without having to preorder or reserve one beforehand. With the way ship dates have remained steady, it could be this year for some models and potentially the entire lineup next year. That’s an outstanding achievement that everyone should recognize.

Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ Event Video ➝

Apple announced the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, an all new Apple TV, and more. I plan on publishing my notes from the keynote Friday afternoon.

‘Why I’m Not Expecting New iPads This Week’ ➝

John Gruber:

Conspicuously absent from my guess is anything related to new iPads. I have no sources for this, no hints from any little birdies. This is just my gut feeling, based on Apple’s event schedule in previous years, and how long I think it will take for Apple to explain and demonstrate the three products above.

He’s expecting Apple to announce the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the new Apple TV, new Apple Watch bands, and demo watchOS 2.0 and third-party Watch apps. This is very similar to what I had predicted two weeks ago regarding tomorrow’s event — with the one key difference being the lack of iPhone 6c in his predictions. A lot of his reasoning jibes with the thought behind my own predictions, too.

We’ll know for sure in about 18 hours, but I think it makes the most sense for Apple to announce the new iPad lineup at a separate event in October. The WWDC keynote was not well received and the duration was one of the biggest problems. Some might say that this is an indication that Apple is fine with longer keynotes, I would argue that they have learned from their mistake and will be taking steps to keep events like this closer to 90 minutes. And I believe the best way to do that is to limit the number of announcements at each event.

Update: John’s heard from some “little birdies” that there’s only going to be one Apple event this fall. How Apple plans to release El Capitan and the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina display remains to be seen, but I hope it’s not with a simple press release and homepage update — I think both are deserving of a spot stage. I suppose Apple’s plans will be a bit clearer in about eight hours.

It Must Be Mark Gurman’s Favorite Time of Year ➝

Shortly after Apple announced their September 9 event, the incredibly informed Mark Gurman published four pieces detailing some of what we can expect from the upcoming iPhone and Apple TV event. He revealed that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may feature animated wallpapers, a 12MP camera, come in rose gold, and that we might not see the iPhone 6c at the event. If you aren’t already paying attention to Mark Gurman’s work on 9 to 5 Mac, there’s no better time of year to do so than now.