Posts with tag iphone 5s
Bug fixes ahoy!
Mere days after releasing the initial build of iOS 8.0 to the public, Apple has already released a minor update aimed squarely at squashing some pesky bugs. Dubbed iOS 8.0.1, the new version’s build number is 12A402 and is currently propagating through Apple’s servers and will shortly be available to all compatible devices.
iOS 8.0.1 features bug fixes for HealthKit, third party keyboards, the built in Photo application, Reachability, SMS/MMS messages, In-App purchases, iCloud, and Safari. It weighs in at under 100 MB for seemingly all devices. It is compatible with the iPhone 4s and up (including the newly release iPhone 6 series), the iPad 2 and up, the latest generation iPod touch, and the first generation iPad mini and up.
Update 09/24/14 @ 1:35 PM EST: You might want to hold off on pressing the “Update” button, iOS users, for it appears that a not small group of people are reporting some pretty serious issues with the update, including completely broken Touch ID functionality and an issue connecting to cellular networks. Abort! Abort!
iPhone 6, iWatch, oh my
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – and there sure is a lot of smoke to wade through while talking about Apple’s still-yet-to-be-confirmed September 9th Special Event. Re/code was the first to peg that date as the long awaited iPhone 6 reveal event, but as the days have gotten shorter and the calendar has gotten closer, we’ve been learning more and more about what it is Apple will actually be announcing. Yes, of course the iPhone 6 is still happening, but that’s just the beginning of the story.
For one, Re/code today has another breaking exclusive claiming that Apple will use their September 9th event not only as the iPhone 6’s coming out party, but also as the long awaited “iWatch” reveal. According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to announce the device – which is not expected to hit stores until early 2015, narrowly missing the holiday rush – during the company’s rumored October Special Event, however decided to bump up the schedule for reasons uncited. Apple is reportedly still planning on holding a Special Event in October, where the company may reveal the sixth generation iPad, the third generation iPad mini, and a new 12″ MacBook with a Retina Display.
According to today’s new iWatch report – which, while unconfirmed, come from some rock solid sources – Apple’s wearable will be all about health and automation. The iWatch will act as a fitness tracker, syncing information about today’s activity and general health data with your iPhone and iPad using iOS 8’s new built in HealthKit framework. HomeKit, Apple’s automation functionality, will also be put to good use. Early reports indicate that the iWatch could be used to – say – automatically unlock your frontdoor when you step within a couple of feet of it while wearing your iWatch, or automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room.
Separately, we expect the iPhone 6 to be revealed in two sizes – one with a 4.7″ screen, and another larger model with a 5.5″. We expect both iPhone 6 sizes to be available simultaneously, however with the 4.7″ model available in much larger quantities in initial shipments. The game plan could be set up similarly to how Apple dealt with the rollout of the 5s and 5c models last year; the 4.7″ iPhone, like the 5c, will be available for pre-order immediately while the 5.5″ iPhone, like the 5s did, will launch on a first come, first serve basis without a reservation program in place. Apple did this last year to give everyone a fair shot at nabbing an iPhone 5s on launch day, which was similarly restrained.
As far as pricing, a good guess is that the base configuration 4.7″ iPhone 6 to sell for $199 with 16GB of included storage. The 5.5″ iPhone 6, meanwhile, could launch with 16GB of storage for $299. Apple will continue to offer both the iPhone 5s as well as the iPhone 5c, with the iPhone 5s selling for $99 with 16GB of storage and the iPhone 5c selling for free with 8GB of storage. However, it is important to note that these plans are far from confirmed at this time.
Are you really surprised?
Let’s clear something up right now – no, the iPhone 6 will not totally revolutionize the design Apple first established with the original iPhone in 2007 and has refined endlessly for the last six years worth of new releases. Instead, a dummy unit based on “final schematics” of the final design of the iPhone 6 reveals what everyone with reasonable expectations should have expected for some time now – the iPhone 6 will look a whole heck of a lot like the last couple of years’ worth of iPhone designs. In fact, according to some photos of the dummy units, this may be Apple’s least radical new design yet – if these photos are to believed, the iPhone 6 will look literally exactly like a bigger, wider iPhone 5s.
The photos, seen above, portray an iPhone 6 in Space Gray – the same color profile Apple introduced across their entire portfolio of mobile devices with the iPhone 5s in 2013. Everything we know and love (or not love, I guess) seems to be fully in tact, from the ring around the home button indicative of Touch ID fingerprint recognition, to the dual-color design, Lightning cable port on the bottom with a standard headphone jack next to that.
So while the iPhone 6 isn’t slated for release until later this year (more than likely that September time frame), it’s worth tempering your expectations just a little bit now. 2014’s iPhone will very much be the same iPhone we know and love, only bigger, to attract the users who have just gone ga-ga over the Android market’s models of smartphones with ginormous sizes. Of course, that’s just what’s on the outside – inside, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a faster A8 processor, a significantly improved camera, a higher resolution Retina display, and more. Get exited?
The 5s and 5c arrive
Good news, China. At long last, China Mobile has been granted the gift of the iPhone – and it’s coming sooner than you might think. According to a new advertisement by China Mobile, seen above, China Mobiel customers will be able to pre-order their choice of iPhone – iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, of course – starting on December 12th ahead of the official December 18th launch.
China Mobile is advertising these as “4G phones”, indicating what we can only assume to be LTE support in the carrier. A China Mobile customer service representative gave the following quote to inquiries:
Customers can begin to preorder for our new 4G services from Dec. 12 through the company’s website and some dedicated branches in Shanghai. But we will only start providing commercial 4G services after Dec. 18.
Apple has long been interested in expanding their support for China, with Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting mainland China on numerous occasions throughout the past year or so.
High volume, or low demand?
Good news, iPad fans – the iPad Air is now on sale! Yes, that means you can run down to your local Apple Store, slam $500 (or more if you want to get a higher capacity version, which you really should) down on the counter, and walk out with your very own fifth-generation full sized iPad. And I mean it, too – because according to some early reports, Apple Stores don’t appear to really be all that flooded with consumers just begging to get their hands on one. We had heard that Apple would have extraordinarily ample stock of the iPad Air available for just about everyone who wanted one today, but the lack of interest seems almost starling.
We’ve scoured Twitter for some first hand iPad Air launch experiences, and many of them have confirmed what we’ve suspected – there just doesn’t seem to really be anyone lining up to get ahold of one of these things. Joe Hewitt, programmer and designer on Twitter, tweeted his experiences earlier this morning:
Apple Store was a ghost town when I picked up the iPad Air. Something really has changed for Apple. Sad… @joehewitt
Far from being alone in that experience, with TechPops developer Paul Roberts writing:
.@joehewitt I saw the same thing in Northern VA – hopefully people are waiting for the iPad Mini Retina @pauljrob
Of course, Paul could have hit on something – last year, Apple released both the fourth-generation iPad as well as the iPad mini – an entirely new product – on the same day, which would have of course led to increased excitement over the launch. This year, Apple has separated the two launch dates by almost a month, with the iPad mini with Retina Display not expected to launch until late November – likely November 21st.
Also of interest, reports from popular teardown blog iFixIt has confirmed that the iPad Air is running a beefier version of Apple’s A7 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 5s last month. While the iPhone 5s runs at 1.3 GHz, the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz – a 100 MHz difference. The iPad version of the A7 is seen with a silver body, seen above, while the iPhone version carries a black body.
Have an interesting launch day story to tell us? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!
An expected shift
It didn’t take much foresight to see this coming, and it looks like what we all expected is coming true – the ever reliable The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has begun the process of cutting down on their bright and colorful iPhone 5c production in order to ramp up manufacturing of the increasingly more popular iPhone 5s. The Journal says that this is in order to meet customer demands of the iPhone 5s and due to lower than expected demand for the 5c – something that has become increasingly obvious to most as the iPhone 5s has remained woefully inadequately stocked while Apple appeared to be positively overflowing with unsold iPhone 5c units.
According to the Journal’s source, the changes are expected to take affect sometime this quarter. Apple is currently expected to be cutting iPhone 5c production by as much as 20 percent. So let’s hear it from you – are you having trouble getting your hands on an iPhone 5s, or are you just fine with Apple focusing on the 5c this year? Let us know in the comments!
Apple employee claims they're
On September 20th, I waited outside at 4 a.m. in the morning to 8 a.m. to be one of the first to get my hands on Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, the iPhone 5s. I’ve been an iPhone owner since the original iPhone “2G” in 2007, always getting my phones on Day 1, never experiencing a single problem with the phones throughout each’s 2-years in use. Until now.
I noticed it around Day 3 or so – my iPhone 5s, still in prestine condition – not a nick, scratch, scrape, and hardly a smudge on it – seemed oddly… curved. Not really a noticeable amount, to anybody who doesn’t obsess over their smartphones like I do – but a little bit. To my eyes, there seemed to be a slight low point in the middle of the phone, bending the screen downwards ever so slightly. Convincing myself it was just my imagination, I put my phone in my pocket and happily went on my way for the next week.
But everytime I whipped out my iPhone, I noticed it – almost impossibly small, but definitely there – that slight bend. Deciding it was something that I best check out in depth, I decided to give it a closer look. Laying my brand new iPhone 5s right next to multiple iPhone 5 (and one other iPhone 5s) units on the same surface, the warp went from something barely noticeable to something impossible not to see – my iPhone 5s absolutely does not sit as flat against the table as all of the other iPhones I compared it to. To prove my point, I’ve made a small video, which you can see embedded after the break, which shows my iPhone lifting up from the table when applying pressure to any corner of the phone. I’ve also done the same test on every other iPhone 5 I’ve gotten my hands on, none of which lift up even the slightest bit.
Taking my problem to MacRumors Forums, I’ve discovered that I’m in fact seemingly far from alone in my experience. MacRumors user caseycrocker shared with their story of receiving not one, but two warped iPhone 5s’s right out of the box:
I noticed my first 16gig Space Gray 5S was bent right out of the box! Had that one replaced same day only to get a slightly less bent one.
Putting light pressure on the top part of my phone on a flat surface lifts the bottom of the phone about 1 millimeter or so. Apple tech explained they don’t know what is causing the issue but have seen a few reports at the store level of this happening.
Likewise, MacRumors user djn4eva claims that they’ve seen “many” iPhone 5s units exhibit this behavior, leading me to believe that the issue is at least somewhat widespread. Based on that conclusion, I packed up my iPhone 5s and went off to the local Apple Store, prepared to deliver my whole spiel and hopeful to receive a unit that (hopefully) didn’t bend. Unfortunately, my experience was less than spectacular.
Read more to hear about my experience dealing with Apple.
iPhones, get your iPhones
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c may have launched to big numbers on September 20th, but some relatively large names were kept out of the fun. The new handsets online launched in the United States on the nation’s big four carriers – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile – and left some of the smaller fries out of the fun. Well, all of that is changing as Apple appears to be coordinating a mass rollout of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to smaller, regional carriers on October 1st – next Tuesday – including Virgin Mobile.
In whole, the carriers getting the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Tuesday include:
Apple has likely left smaller regional characters out of the fun up until now in order to help meet the insane demand of the new iPhones on the networks that customers were most likely interested in purchasing them on. Now that Apple has had some time to prepare more iPhones however, they more than likely feel more comfortable with spreading the love around a little bit.
9 million VS last year's 5 million
Take that, naysayers – Apple has announced via a statement today that the company has sold a whopping 9 million iPhones this weekend. That destroys their previous opening weekend sales record of 5 million, which was achieved at last year’s iPhone 5 launch.
Of course, Apple had a little bit of help this year – the scenerios aren’t exactly comparing apples and oranges. The iPhone 5 launched in far fewer countries than this year’s iPhone, and this year Apple had the benefit of launching two models of the iPhone – the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. The following is a statement made by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, released alongside today’s announcement.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
Apple is currently having difficulties meeting iPhone 5s demand, which the company has said to be “grotesquely inadequate(ly)” prepared for up until now. Shipping estimates for the iPhone 5s have fallen to October on Apple’s official online Apple Store. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5c is said to be well stocked both online and in store.
Bug fixes ahoy
So you get home, unbox your shiny brand new iPhone, and go through the same old song and dance to set your newest toy up. You may be surprised to run into an intriguing little nugget after using your new iPhone 5s or 5c today – merely hours after launch, Apple has already released a new software update for their two newest smartphones, iOS 7.0.1.
Apple claims that iOS 7.0.1 includes “bug fixes and improvements” without giving any more real detail. Weighing in at just 17.6MB, it seems as though this is a fairly urgent yet small bug fix to correct an issue that only plagues the iPhone 5s and 5c – previous iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch are still “stuck” at 7.0 with no new update available.
Head to Apple, not AT&T/Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile
Excellent Apple blog 9to5Mac has done some excellent digging and has discovered that, if you’re like us and are at all interested in getting either a Silver or Gold iPhone 5s tomorrow, you really only have one option and one option only – Apple.
According to numerous carrier brick and mortar stores, only Apple will be receiving a sufficient stock of Silver and Gold iPhone 5s’s, with the carrers mostly receiving a large quantity of Space Grey (which I will always call Graphite) models. Official Apple Stores, meanwhile, are said to have enough Gold and Silver colored iPhone 5s’s to go around – at least for the morning.
Of course, most are expecting record breaking sales of the iPhone this weekend, so if you’re at all even remotely thinking about getting your iPhone tomorrow you’ll more than likely want to be there early. Not like “by the afternoon” early, but rather “you should ideally be there when the store opens” early. Supplies of the iPhone 5s are said to be strained at launch due to insufficient fingerprint sensor yields, which will make it difficult for everyone to obtain their iPhone at launch. This is said to be why Apple has forgone pre-orders of their new flagship iPhone this year.
Excited for the release of iOS 7 today? Don’t worry, we totally are too. But don’t let that stop you doing from the things you have to do in life, like preparing to download iOS 7 today by first downloading and installing iTunes 11.1. Though it doesn’t seem like much, iTunes 11.1 is actually a fairly large update that includes a couple of significant features which you’ll be wanting – namely, iOS 7 support and iTunes Radio.
Apple has included the following release notes with iTunes 11.1, which is available for both Mac and Windows:
This version of iTunes comes with several major new features, including:
iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from over 250 stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.
iTunes 11.1 is required in order to sync your fancy new iOS 7 device (including existing devices as well as the upcoming iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c) with your iTunes library.