Apple Announces Record-Breaking 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In 24 Hours

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Earlier today, Apple confirmed that they have sold a record-breaking 4 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, during the first day of pre-order sales.

That’s twice the number of pre-orders achieved in 24 hours by the iPhone 5 back in 2012, which managed 2 million pre-orders. Apple hadn’t released pre-order numbers for the initial day of iPhone 5s and 5c sales last year, but it has been estimated that Apple sold 2.2 million units last year.

It is worth noting that unlike with the iPhone 5s, Apple isn’t taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in China. I think its safe to assume that if Apple was taking pre-orders in China as well, the figure would have gone up by a few thousand units at the very least.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning this Friday, September 19 and in more than 20 additional countries beginning on Friday, September 26 including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 14th Sept 2014

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 14th Sept 2014

Apple’s iPhone Event: Hopes & Expectations

Key Numbers from Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Event

Thoughts on the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus Now Available for Pre-order

Unread is Now a Supertop App – Jared Sinclair

Why Apple Pay could be the mobile-payment system you’ll actually use – MacWorld

6 OR 6 PLUS? – MacSparky

Apple/U2 album giveaway leads to “the biggest album launch ever” – Loop Insight

Here’s How Apple Will Convince You to Buy a Smartwatch – NYTimes

What The Font? Analyzing The New Apple Watch Typeface – Co.Design

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The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus Now Available for Pre-order

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As promised during the keynote, Apple has now begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus in several countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Pre-order

 

Apart from Apple’s own online store, customers can pre-order the new iPhone’s through carrier and retail partners. In the US, AT&TVerizon, and Sprint are also taking pre-orders for the new iPhone’s. Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target will also be taking pre-orders at their locations, once the stores open in the morning.

The new iPhone’s will officially go on sale on Friday, September 19. For those of you that do end up pre-ordering, Apple is also allowing in-store pickup this year.

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Thoughts on the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

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Yesterday’s keynote was probably one of the most important keynote’s in Apple’s history. The company announced two “much larger” variants of the iPhone 6, and also finally unveiled the highly anticipated “watch”. I sort of have mixed feelings about the whole event, and here my initial thoughts on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

We all knew this was coming, quite frankly I’ve been dreading this day for quite some time now. As a matter of fact I’ve been paranoid about this ever since Apple decided to put a 4′ display on the iPhone 5, back in 2012. I was a bit apprehensive back then about the increased display size and it definitely took me a while to adapt to it, but somehow I managed. At that point, I was hoping that it would be the last time Apple forced me to buy a phone that has a larger display (unfortunately there is still some drama left in this saga).

Since Apple has decided to not launch an iPhone 6 with a 4′ display, it looks like I will been forced to face the same situation once more. The last time I upgraded on launch-day, because I felt that the 0.5′ wouldn’t make that much of a difference. This time around though, the difference is 1.2′ if I consider 3.5′ as my ideal display size.

It doesn’t help that NFC is of close to no use to me, considering that applications for NFC are in their nascent stage in India. I was hoping that the cameras on the new iPhone’s would entice me, but the changes made to them are improvements, except for the introduction of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which is exclusive to the iPhone Plus (a phone I simply know I won’t be getting).

The only thing that is actually coming close to tempt me about the new iPhone’s are the improvements Apple has been able to make to the battery life of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 offers 40% longer 3G talktime, and 25% more internet use. The iPhone 6 is even more impressive and will offer 140% longer 3G talktime, and 50% more internet use.

iPhone 5s iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus
Talk Time 3G Up to 10 hours on 3G Up to 14 hours on 3G Up to 24 hours on 3G
Standby time Up to 10 days (250 hours) Up to 10 days (250 hours) Up to 16 days (384 hours)
Internet Use Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi
Video Playback Up to 10 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 14 hours
Audio playback Up to 40 hours Up to 50 hours Up to 80 hours

The improvements to the battery life have been achieved not just by making changes to the battery itself, but by also making the processor more energy efficient. The new A8 chip on the iPhone’s is 50% more energy efficient than the A7 chip. The A8 chip also makes the iPhone 6 about 20% faster than its predecessor in terms of CPU performance and 50% faster in terms of graphical performance (however I don’t think I will notice).

Conclusion

Unlike all the previous iterations of the iPhone, there isn’t anything about the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus that forces me to say to myself that – I must have this. To me, this decision to go big seems like a step backwards rather than forward. For the first time ever, I am not smitten enough by an iPhone announcement to want to stand in line on launch day. I am hoping holding the iPhone 6 will help win me over.

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Key Numbers from Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Event

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Apple events have now almost become as mainstream as The Grammy’s or the Oscars, and Apple has been live-streaming them for the past few occasions. As a result of this, we decided not to cover Apple events starting with WWDC 2014. The rationale behind this decision was that since most of our readers are now watching the event along with us, it doesn’t make sense covering it live. For a few of those who didn’t, we think that the best place to find out what was introduced, is through Apple’s very own website.

As part of our coverage, we will be sharing some after thoughts within a day of the event, and we will also be sharing information that you won’t find on Apple’s website. To get us started, here is a collated list of key numbers from today’s keynote.

Key Numbers from Apple’s iPhone & Apple Watch event

  • The App Store has continued its growth reaching 1.3 million apps on the App Store
  • The iPhone 6 is super slim at* 6.9mm* & the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1mm
  • 200 million daily US transactions
  • $12 billion spent in credit and debit transactions per day in the US
  • 220,000 merchants will support Apple Pay

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  • iPhone continues to be extremely popular with customers, with a customer satisfaction rate of 98%
  • iPhone 6 to have a resolution of 1334×750 while the iPhone 6 plus to have a resolution of 1920×1080
  • The iPhone 6 is super slim at* 6.9mm* & the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1mm
  • The dispaly on the iPhone 6 will feature over 1 million pixels & the iPhone 6 Plus will feature 2 million pixels. This reflects into 38% more pixels on the iPhone 6 & 185% more pixels on the iPhone 6 Plus
  • The new A8 chip fetures 2 billion transistors and is 25% faster in terms of CPU performance than the A7 chip. It is also 50% more energy efficient, and* 13% smaller*
  • Graphics on the iPhone 6 is 84 times faster than the original iPhone, while performance is 50 times faster
  • 14 hours of 3G talk on the iPhone 6 (up from 10), while 24 hours on the iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6 to support 200 LTE carriers around the world
  • Panorama mode upto 43 megapixels now
  • Slo-mo videos at 120fps or 240 fps
  • New f2.2 aperture sensor that lets in 81% more light
  • iPhone 6 starts at $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB with two-year contact
  • iPhone 5c to start at $0, while the iphone 5s to start at $99
  • iPhone 6 Plus to start at $299 for the 16GB, $399 for the 64GB, and $499 for the 128GB

Apple Watch

  • Accurate to +/- 50 milliseconds
  • The anodized aluminum case on the Apple Watch Sport model is 60% stronger than standard alloys
  • Apple Watch to work with the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus
  • Apple Watch will start at $349 and will ship early 2015
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Apple’s iPhone Event: Hopes & Expectations

Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone event is just around the corner and the excitement surrounding the event is almost palpable. This year’s event is expected to be a bit more significant because Apple is expected to not just unveil two ‘much larger’ iPhones, but also a completely brand new product all together. Here’s a quick rundown of what I am excited about and what I am hoping for.

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Display size & Design

Of all the phones that Apple has shipped since 2007, the design and the display size of the iPhone 4 has been my favorite. It took me a while to adjust to the new 4′ screen of the iPhone 5/5s and although I am sort of okay with it now, I think I would buy a 3.5′ iPhone any-day over a 4′ iPhone.

With this mindset, it shouldn’t surprise you that I am completely and utterly disinterested in the iPhone 6. I have purchased an iPhone every year since 2007, but Apple’s decision to further increase the display of the iPhone this year might just deter me from buying one this year. I am really hoping the Apple announces three variants of the iPhone 6 – one sized at 4′, while the others sized at 4.7′ and 5.5′ each. That’s the only scenario in which I would upgrade as I do each year – on launch day.

I have mixed feelings about the iPhone 6, when it comes to its design. The leaks that I have seen of the iPhone 6 remind me a lot of the original aluminium iPhone (which I was a big fan of). What I am not a fan of is the repositioned home button and the protruding camera.

Sapphire Glass & NFC

Interestingly most of the other features & functionalities expected to make their way to the iPhone don’t really impress me either. Apple’s Gorilla Glass displays on the iPhone have served me well and I don’t think I have scratched an iPhone display since my 3GS. Keeping this in mind I am not really excited about the possibility of Apple switching to a sapphire glass display. The same holds true for NFC, a technology that has seen very limited application in India.

Battery life & Camera

What I am looking forward to is a drastic improvement in battery life. The iPhone 5s that I own currently only barely goes through a day on a full-charge, and I firmly believe that this needs to change. I do not know if this will actually happen considering the fact that larger displays will consume more battery, but I am hoping that Apple does something about this. If it isn’t possible for Apple to make improvements to the battery itself, perhaps it could bring in  energy efficiency through the A8 chip.

I take a lot of pictures on my iPhone, and it is safe to say that it is my primary camera. Keeping this in mind, I would like to see a significant upgrade in this department as well. I’ve read rumors that the next iPhone will feature a protruding 13 mega-pixel camera capable of OIS (optical image stabilization) but I’ve also read that these will be limited to the 5.5′ model (which I am hoping isn’t true).

Wearable

Initially, I was rather skeptical about whether Apple would introduce its wearable at the iPhone event. My argument was that a completely new product innovation deserves an event of its own. But as days have gone by, it’s become pretty evident that Apple might very well be announcing its wearable device on Tuesday. The strongest clue that has shattered my skepticism is the fact that Apple has invited several top fashion editors and bloggers to the event.

I won’t like to get into features and functionality, but rather talk about things that I think will be important for Apple to set itself apart.

Fashion

I’ve not purchased a watch in over two years, simply because I am expecting Apple’s new wearable to make watches redundant for me. I currently wear watches for two reasons – 1) for the functionality it offers and 2) for the aesthetic value.

Any tech product that aims to replace the watch currently on my wrist would have to be fashionable. We have seen a lot of smart-watches being released over the past year or two, yet none of them have looked good enough for me to even consider replacing them with my current watch. The only smart watch design I have liked is this concept by designer Gabor Balogh.

I am expecting Apple to come up with a wearable that isn’t just aesthetic from a tech perspective but also from a fashion perspective.

Notifications & Logs

Till now we have been using our iPhone to gather information silently, but since we don’t always carry our phones everywhere, it would make sense to pass this responsibility on to the wearable. It could constantly extract data such as the number of calories I have burned throughout the day, or the number of steps that I have taken.

The same holds true with notifications with most of the wrist-based wearables we have seen till now have been focused on “notifications”. However I don’t think notifications have been implemented in the best manner. For starters, you cannot customise what you are notified for and what you aren’t. For example, I personally would not want to get a notification for when someone is calling me, because if someone is calling me, and I have my phone, I will just pick it up. I would rather only receive a notification when I miss a call (probably because my phone is in another room). Setting up notifications in such a way isn’t currently possible, and I am really hoping that Apple makes this happen.

The fundamental reason why Apple needs to be careful with notifications is because unlike on our phone, it’s quite easy to catch new information as it is displayed on a wearable/watch that goes on your wrist. I personally would go mad if my watch was constantly sending me notifications for mundane things.

Payments & Battery life

Considering the fact that the iPhone 6 is expected to support NFC, I would imagine that the wearable would also support NFC. I don’t think that the inclusion of NFC will be limited to just payments but will rather aid inter-communication between the iPhone and the wearable.

I’d like to see a wearable that doesn’t need to be charged for at-least 3-4 days. Apple could really benefit by coming through on this one, considering that competitors have already failed in this department. Nearly all the color touchscreen wearable devices in the market are unable to last more than a day on a single charge.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 7th September 2013

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 7th September 2013

Thoughts on the iPad Sales Dip

How To Gift Apps, Music, Movies, and Books on your Mac or PC

Review: Apple’s Leather Case for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5

Quick Tip: Use Image Capture to clear iOS Camera Roll – The Sweet Setup

Marc Newson to Join Apple’s Design Team – Vanity Fair

Not Safe For Not Working On – Dan Kaminsky

The Terminal – Furbo.org

The Real Reason Apple Lost $31 Billion in 2 Days -Time

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Thoughts on the iPad Sales Dip

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For the first time since its inception Apple’s iPad product segment saw a 9% dip in YoY sales. In comparison to the 14.6 million iPads Apple sold in 2013, Apple sold 13.28 million iPads in 2014. The iPad segment has never shown a YoY decline, as a matter of fact sales for the iPad have not gone below 14 million units since the 2nd quarter of 2012.

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iPad Quarterly Sales in million units, since launch.

 

We couldn’t be happier with how we’ve done with the first four years of the iPad. I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category.”

For the past week or so I have been wondering whether this is indeed a “speed bump” as Tim Cook claims or whether it is an indicative of an emerging shift. In tryting to answer this question, I started by looking at the tablet market. Industry experts are extremely bullish when it comes to the tablet market and are extremely optimistic about the role of the tablet in todays market. Estimates by both IDC and GigaOM claim that the tablet market will grow at a CAGR of 14% in terms of volume and 24% in terms of value during 2013-2018.

To me, this expectation for the tablet industry to either match or out-do the growth shown by the smartphone industry seems a bit far-fetched. I think that the tablets market is at an interesting stage and is heading towards a temperorary saturation point. In my assesmet, the main reason for this stagnation is the fact that tablets are still percieved as supplementary devices (specially the iPad). Sales during the initial years were booming because everyone wanted to see what the fuss was about, but with 4 years having passed since the iPad was first launched, repeat sales will drive the market in the coming years. This is a challenge because people are not looking to upgrade their tablets as frequently as they do their phones. This is primarily because of the fact that not everyone looks at a tablet as a neccessity yet.

I (much like Tim Cook) do not see this saturation as a permanent restraint. People’s perception towards the iPad will change gradually, as new features are added, transforming the iPad into the “standalone device” that it needs to become to truly usher in the “Post-PC era”. Meanwhile, there are definitely untapped markets that Apple can pursue in order to offset the saturation it is currently seeing in the iPad segment. The emerging economies of Brazil, China, and India are the most obvious markets where Apple can focus. With Apple’s recent partnership with IBM, enterprise in another market that Apple can tap.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 31st Aug 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 31st Aug 2014

Instagram Launches New Time-Lapse App Called “HyperLapse”

The best VPN solution for iOS and OS X – The Sweet Setup

Apple’s iPhone Event Will Be Sept 9th (And We’ll Be There) – Gizmodo

Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills – NYTimes

The fashion case for mobile phone covers – Financial Times

Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC – GigaOM

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say – Columbian Journalism Review

iOS First. Android Much, Much Later – Haywire

Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media – 9to5 Mac

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Instagram Launches New Time-Lapse App Called “HyperLapse”

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Instagram has just launched its second app called HyperLapse, which lets users capture time-lapse videos using the camera on their iPhones (yes this is an iOS exclusive as of now). The app uses several algorithms to let you capture super-fast yet stable time-lapse videos.

I’ve always been interested in time-lapse photography, and till now have been using the Frameographer app for the iPhone by StudioNeat.

Based on my initial impressions and on the videos put up by Instagram, the technology behind HyperLapse is much more superior than the technology in any other time-lapse app for the iPhone. But for me what sets this app apart is the interface. It is just so easy to use – you start of by recording a video, once you are done recording the video you decide what speed you want your video to run in, and you are done!

I strongly believe in simplicity, and I think that is exactly what will help Instagram differentiate itself from the others. I’ve always found time-lapse photography to be too much work, but with HyperLapse, that isn’t the case. That is why I am expecting this app to be a game-changer.

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