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3D Touch screen components add almost 11% weight increase to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 08:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


Not that the current iPhone in your pocket is a weighty brick that threatens your spine every moment of every day, but the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units may be a bit heavier.

According to Apple the 3D Touch display components account for the bulk of an 11 percent increase in weight over last year’s models, not the use of 7000 series aluminum as some have speculated.

The findings were located through Apple’s environmental reports for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which break down materials used by respective component weight.


Line rules, details for Apple Store iPhone 6s, 6s Plus surface

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 07:03
Category: iPhone, News, retail


If you’re looking to snag an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus from an Apple Store during its launch next Friday, there are some rules you need to follow.

First off, like previous years, Apple will limit customers to purchasing only two new iPhones per day and you can only buy two per store reservation.

On the big day, Apple will once again close normal Genius Bar appointment services to dedicate as many people as possible, about 50% of specialists and Geniuses, to iPhone sales. Other initiatives like Personal Training will also be shut down for the launch period.


iPhone 6s, 6s Plus pre-orders begin, ship times slip to 2-3 weeks for several configurations

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:28
Category: iPhone, News, retail


The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are now available for pre-order.

The bad news is that the one you wanted is selling like hotcakes and shipping times have slipped.

Several of the new iPhone models are now displaying shipping estimates of 2-3 weeks. Models in the new Rose Gold color are the most heavily affected, particularly in the United States.


Developer confirms 2 GB of RAM for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, 4 GB of RAM for iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News


This is pretty clever.

Developer Hamza Sood was able to use asset catalogs associated with the Xcode 7 Golden Master to confirm the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications. The catalogs confirm that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6, and the iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, a 100% increase from the 2 GB in the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.

RAM upgrades for the iPhones has been somewhat overdue, with many complaining apps have to relaunch too frequently on current hardware, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. RAM affects how much app data the device can keep in memory at once. This is often seen through the number of tabs Safari can open before having to reload a website. More RAM provides a better experience across the system. The iPhone has been stuck with 1 GB of RAM since the iPhone 5 in 2012.


Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software


This could be interesting.

A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.


Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland add Apple Pay support for UK market

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: News, retail


Apple Pay seems to be expanding over on the other side of the pond.

Three of the largest banks in the region have added support for Apple Pay. Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland have recently added support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to use their credit and debit cards through Apple Pay.

In addition, others on social media also indicated that Bank of Scotland is supporting Apple Pay as of Friday. No official announcement has been made from any of the three banks, nor Apple.


Apple boosts AppleCare+ price for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, offers preorder preparation guide

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:45
Category: AppleCare, iPhone, News


AppleCare+ just got a bit more expensive if you’re looking to cover an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus handset.

On Wednesday, Apple released the more expensive rates as well as a preparation guide and preorder tool for those looking to pick up one of the new models this weekend.

The new pricing has two years of AppleCare+ for the handsets at US$129.99 for two years of coverage. The program provides coverage for two accidental damage claims with a per-incident service fee of US$99.99.


iPhone 6s to feature smaller capacity battery, offer same run time as iPhone 6 battery

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:25
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


Well, this is both confusing but also reassuring.

One thing Apple didn’t mention during yesterday’s keynote was the iPhone 6s battery life. In the promo video, Apple shows a shot of the iPhone 6s internals. During the video, the viewer can make out the battery’s specifications, which is rated at 1715mAh,down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6.

The smaller capacity battery apparently allows for new features such as the 3D Touch screen and the Taptic Engine, albeit Apple’s specs state that the battery life estimates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are identical.


Apple introduces long-awaited iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, iPad mini 4 at media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini


You were hankering for the iPad Pro at the media event.

And your wish came true.

Over at the “Hey Siri” media event, Apple introduced its 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet. The unit, which features a 5.6 million pixel display, A9X processor, 10-hour battery and 4-speaker audio system with audio frequency balancing, will arrive in gold, silver and space gray colors.


Apple announces fourth-gen Apple TV, points out enhanced Siri features, new remote control

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:03
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Processors


It looks like the Apple TV just became more than a “hobby” over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Over at today’s media event, Apple announced the fourth-generation Apple TV. The new unit, which appears to be measurably thicker than the previous generations, sports a new user interface, an operating system written for it (known as “tvOS”), a Touch surface to its new remote control, A8 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Lightning connector at the bottom of the remote and full Siri connectivity capable of searching across multiple apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime to find content via criteria such as cast, director, movie name and age rating.