iPhone 6, 6 Plus pre-orders drawing up to $6,000 via eBay scalpers

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Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:49
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Well, you’re gotta admit: this is an admirable level of pre-order scalping.

Per Computerworld, profiteers hoping to turn a quick buck on the shortage of Apple’s new 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus handsets have listed their pre-ordered phones on eBay for as much as US$6,000.

While that was the highest asking price for a new iPhone 6 Plus as of Friday afternoon, there were almost 30 listed on the auction site with “Buy It Now” prices between US$2,000 and US$2,999; over 280 between US$1,000 and US$1,999; and even 5 under US$1,000.

Buy It Now is eBay’s non-auction price that sidesteps bidding. Not all eBay entries for the iPhone 6 Plus included a Buy It Now price.

An “unlocked” iPhone 6 Plus starts at US$749 for the 16GB model and climbs to US$949 for one with 128GB of storage.

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Apple negotiates 15 cents per $100 spent on Apple Pay transactions

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Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:54
Category: News, retail

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Apple’s apparently got some admirable leverage where its transaction negotiations are concerned.

Per the mighty Financial Times, Apple will be garnering 15 cents on every US$100 purchase, more than Google managed for its Google Wallet initiative.

Sources familiar with Apple’s banking and credit card arrangements have stated that Apple will get a 0.15 percent cut of every Apple Pay transaction conducted over its NFC-based Apple Pay system.

The new information adds to a previous report that noted Apple will collect fees from banks for customer purchases. What those fees were, exactly, was unknown at the time.

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Customers complain of difficulties pre-ordering iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, September 12th, 2014, 15:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming in.

And they’re overwhelming Apple.

Per AppleInsider, Friday’s kickoff for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders was marred by a series of glitches, issues and errors that left a number of customers frustrated with Apple and its carrier partners’ inability to keep up with overwhelming demand.

Readers reported that they’d experienced a number of problems attempting to place their order for Apple’s next-generation handsets on Friday. Things kicked off just after midnight Pacific, 3 a.m. Eastern, but initial customers were only able to access preorders via the iOS Apple Store app, and not through Apple’s website on a traditional browser.

And while U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were accepting preorders, customers could not buy a handset for T-Mobile, directly from the carrier or through Apple’s website, for hours Friday morning. That also affected AT&T customers looking to buy a no-contract, no-subsidy unlocked handset compatible with AT&T’s network.

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First iPhone shipments arriving on U.S. soil via China Southern

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Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have landed on U.S. soil.

Per iPhone in Canada and MacRumors, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two “special cargo” batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

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Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10th. Previous rumors indicated that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units at central locations before distributing them around the country for launch.

As a very rough estimate based on the device weight supplied by Apple, these parcels could hold approximately 720,000 iPhone 6 units or 540,000 iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Apple is reportedly paying up to 200 million yuan for the freight in what may be a single-day shipment record for China Southern freight.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update, includes support for iOS 8

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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Like most major Apple announcements, this one came with a new iTunes update.

On Tuesday, Apple released version 11.4 of its iTunes media suite. The new version, a 249.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

iTunes 11.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Mac user creates iPhone 6 size chart to help with pre-order selection process

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:57
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced and a Mac user has assembled asomewhat nifty pre-order picker to help you choose the right size iPhone handset when the device becomes available for pre-order in a few days.

Per AppleInsider, Jeremy Anticouni assembled a cool PDF that, when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper at 100 percent scale, will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple Watch announced at media event, device to be available in early 2015

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 15:21
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

This definitely fit into the category of “one last thing…” that Apple historically concluded its keynote speeches with, but it might be worth the hype and anticipation.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its long-awaited Apple Watch, a device that the company said will define the emerging wearable devices market.

Per AppleInsider, the device uses a “digital crown”, a physical dial that rests on the right side of the device. Using this, users can interact with the device without a need to touch the screen, which would obscure it.

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The crown button also acts as the home button, and can be pressed to return a user to the main screen. A button located below the crown allows users to quickly access contacts.

The face is also an input, with unique “tap” and “force press” gestures enabled by special electrodes capable of sensing pressure.

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Apple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets, offers September 19th release date

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 15:05
Category: iPhone, News

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets have been announced over at Apple’s media event.

And you could have one within your paws come the 19th.

Per Mac|Life, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil W. Schiller introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will be available for preorder on September 12th, with in-store availability coming September 19th.

In addition to a Retina Display HD and A8 processor, Schiller outlined a new addition to the iPhone 6′s M8 coprocessor lineup with a new barometer sensor, which measures relative elevation from air pressure — perfect for capturing footsteps moving up or down stairs, for example.

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Wireless has also been further improved on iPhone 6, with a new, advanced 150Mbps LTE that takes advantage of 20 different LTE bands — more than any other smartphone, according to Apple. Cupertino is now working with 200 LTE carriers around the globe, with support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling as well.

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Apple announces September 17th launch date for iOS 8

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The details of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are beginning to come in, but right now, there’s definitive word about iOS 8.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will officially launch on Tuesday, September 17th.

Originally introduced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, iOS 8 offers only incremental changes over its predecessor’s design language, but introduces a slew of new technologies that are destined to have a significant impact on Apple’s mobile ecosystem, such as Handoff, which allows users to seamlessly transfer their work between all the devices they own, a one-handed mode that can help users interact with the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen and Extensions.

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Apple to livestream September 9th media event

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 16:55
Category: News

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Apple’s much-anticipated September 9th media event will be live streamed next Tuesday.

Per The Unoffocial Apple Weblog, Apple today announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming media event scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time. The page includes a running countdown timer along with the following teaser: “Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more.”

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