September 26, 2014

Link: Consumer Reports Bends iPhones ☍

Consumer Reports follows up on Apple’s response about iPhone 6 Pluses bending:

Consumer Reports’ tests pushed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus much further than 55 pounds. We started light, applying 10 pounds of force for 30 seconds, then releasing the force. Then we increased the force in 10-pound increments, noted when the phones first started to deform (that’s what our engineers call it) and stopped the test for each phone when we saw the screen come loose from the case. [...]

Below you can see the pictures of the smart phone carnage, but bear in mind that it took significant force to do this kind of damage to all these phones. While nothing is (evidentally) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

Well, that settles that.

September 25, 2014

“I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyone’s closet or their smart phone [...] The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened — even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order — to me does not make any sense.”

September 24, 2014

Link: Upgrade to 8.0.1 Has Bugs, Here’s a Fix ☍

Apple has posted a support document for those who upgraded to iOS 8.0.1 and have a mostly-useless iPhone 6 or 6 Plus:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

I think this is the first time Apple has directed users to download an IPSW file directly. The fix seems to work and I’m glad they’ve finally addressed it, but I’m guessing most people have already restored their devices at this point.

Rene Ritchie first mentioned a fix along the lines of this when the issue first happened, and I actually followed his instructions to a point and then improvised with an Option-clicked “Check for Update…” on iTunes to basically installed iOS 8.0.0 over iOS 8.0.1. Mysteriously, it seemed to work and I didn’t have to restore all my data. Whew.

September 22, 2014

“Instead, RadioShack morphed into what was essentially a cell phone outpost pitted against the long-term interest of the carriers. Hence, the situation they’re now in.”

Link: Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones During Launch Weekend ☍

That’s a lot of iPhones…with my quick math, it’s 38.5 per second, although that is not counting orders that haven’t shipped yet—this is just phones-in-hands.

September 20, 2014

Article: Pay at Six O’Clock

I didn’t have much to say about the Apple event last week that wasn’t already said by the usual band of tech writers, but after a few days, I finally had a chance to let the dust settle and think about what I had just seen and provide any notable comments, especially as as shipments of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are making their way out to people (you did preorder, didn’t you?)

Link: From iPhone to iPhone 6 Plus ☍

Rene Ritchie (via Stephen Hackett):

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, and they build on the design foundation Apple has laid since the original shipped in 2007. From then, to the rounded plastic iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS, to the glass backed iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, to the taller unibody iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, to the bigger, rounder, thinner models shipped this year, here’s how they all look stacked together. Enjoy!

This is a great little photoshoot, and it’s interesting how each prior iPhone looks odd and out of place from the group as a whole in its own special way.

September 15, 2014

Link: Size Matters Again ☍

Yours truly three-and-a-half years ago:

If Apple moved the iPhone to a four-inch display with the same resolution, it would have a lower pixel-density, potentially losing out on the bragging rights with the current iPhone display [...].

Obviously this is common sense, but what about the bigger (literally) implications? An iPhone with a four inch screen would have to be bigger or lose some of the bezel. Although that doesn’t seem so bad, aren’t we trying to have smaller gadgets?

There’s plenty of other writers who had thought 3.5″ was the perfect iPhone screen size, and then 4″ was great. I’m anxiously awaiting an iPhone 6 and can’t wait to adjust to a 4.7″ screen—although there is a lot wrong with what was written a few years ago, Apple has kept the pixel density high and the phones thinner and thinner.