Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal

28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in stores in several countries this Friday, but not in China. Apple may not be able to roll out its latest iPhone models in the country until the end of this year, or even early next year, but that's no big deal because the company will still be able to sell as many smartphones as it can make, according to Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um.

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No iPhone 6 models in China means more for everywhere else. By the time China does approve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will have been able to make even more inventory. Instead of fixing iPhone 6 demand, China will supplement already high demand with more customers.

Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

1 hour, 37 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns.

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Personal privacy is a serious concern, especially when our health is involved. Mr. Jensen's questions don't seem out of line, and considering Apple's ongoing push for privacy, and the company's assertion that it doesn't want to collect and store personal data, it's likely he'll like the answers he gets.

Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

2 hours, 33 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.

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It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

8:29 PM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Tim Cook on Charlie Rose

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.

Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about Free Album

6:08 PM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Songs of Innocence

Apple on Monday released SOI Removal, a one-click tool for removing Songs of Innocence, the free U2 album the company gave its customers. This was necessary, apparently, because a vocal number of entitled, narcissistic gits found whinging about free music easier than ignoring it, hiding it, or...gasp...not downloading it.

Stanford, Duke University Start Apple HealthKit Patient Trials

4:52 PM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are both ramping up for patient trials for Apple's HealthKit platform in iOS 8, and they're working with medical device makers to link health data into HealthKit so it can be transmitted to doctors. Stanford is testing HealthKit-based technology with pediatric patients who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, and Duke University is tracking weight and blood pressure for cancer and heart disease patients.

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Hospitals and major health clinics tend to move relatively slowly when adopting new technology to make sure it's safe and accurate, so don't expect to see HealthKit become an overnight success. That said, if Apple can keep the interest of medical centers associated with big names like Stanford and Duke, it could become the name in remote personal medical data collection.

Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Is Today

3:29 PM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Today is the last day for comments to be submitted about revisions "net neutrality" rules the FCC is considering. If you aren't familiar with the issue, I gave an overview earlier this year right here at TMO. If you don't want to read, you might want to check out John Oliver's brilliant breakdown from Last Week Tonight, included below (language warning, it's bleeped but it's in there). You can submit comments two ways: You can send an email to openinternet@fcc.gov or you can use a prefabbed letter from the Electronic Frontier Foundation at its site Dear FCC. Either way, keep in mind you are filing a document as part of an official FCC proceeding and your name and address become part of public record. Those comments will be accepted until 11:59PM Eastern Time tonight, so if you haven't taken action already, now is your chance.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-15

1:54 PM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders topped 4 million units last Friday and anyone ordering a new iPhone now is facing days -- or even weeks -- before their new smartphone will ship. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet today to talk about the company's record breaking pre-order numbers, and they take a look at Walmart's decision to skip iOS 8's Apple Pay mobile payment platform.

Analyst: Apple on Track to Top 10M iPhone 6 Launch Sales

11:02 AM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple confirmed Monday morning iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus first-day pre-orders topped 4 million units, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um says that puts the company on track to sell at least 10 million during this weekend's in-store launch. If so, Apple is set to more than double its iPhone 5 launch weekend sales.

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Apple skipped pre-orders last year for the iPhone 5S because inventory was fairly limited. Since pre-orders are back this year, it's likely more inventory is on hand, and based on pre-order weekend figures, that puts the company on track to sell something on the order of 13 million phones this weekend. Some companies can't hit those numbers in a quarter.

iPhone 6 Pre-orders Showing Week-long Shipping Delay

9:48 AM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19 to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn't manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company's retail partners.

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It sounds like Apple built up a bigger pre-launch inventory than it had available for earlier iPhone launches, and yet there weren't enough to handle all the pre-orders. You don't see this level of interest for new Samsung or Microsoft smartphone launches.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus Pre-orders Top 4 Million in First Day

8:46 AM EDT, Sep. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pre-order sales for Apple's brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million during on their first day of availability last Friday. Apple said its first day pre-orders set a new record ahead of this Friday's official in-store launch, and exceeded the company's pre-order inventory.

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Apple managed to score another record breaker for iPhone sales with last Friday's pre-orders, and if that's any indication, we'll likely see long lines for early adopter sales this Friday at the company's retail locations. There's a chance we'll see fast inventory sellouts, too, especially for the larger screen iPhone 6 Plus.