MGG 519: Aspect Ratios Are Fun & AT&T Next is Probably Better For You

11:51 AM EDT, Sep. 14th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave's fresh back from Cupertino (and fresh from ordering a new iPhone), and he and John talk through the events of the week plus answer your questions. Want to know the size delta for watching movies on the iPhone 6 Plus vs. an iPad mini? Dave did some crazy Pythagorean-theorum-based math for you! He also did some more standard math to figure out if an AT&T Next Plan is right, too. Then it's on to question. Want to know how to copy files from a drive that's corrupted? Want to disable your iPhone number from iMessage? Want to create a $35 Time Capsule? All these questions and more will be answered this week on Mac Geek Gab.

Last Chance for Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

3:37 PM EDT, Sep. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

Our deal on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices, has been one of our most popular. But it's about to end, so get on it if you want it. The Limefuel Lite features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the  Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99. It ends in two days.

Analyst: iPhone 6 Rocky Launch Hints at Big Money for Apple

8:25 PM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

It's no secret that there were plenty of upset Apple fans just after midnight when iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 pre-orders started thanks to spotty access to the company's online store. The iPhone 6 Plus showed shipping delays almost immediately, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that could be a sign the larger screen model will have a noticeable impact on Apple's bottom line.

Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Hit Record Numbers

8:10 PM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Despite getting off to a rocky start, pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit record numbers on Friday. The company isn't saying just how many smartphones it sold, but anyone wanting the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will see shipping delays of about a week, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is showing even longer delays.

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Interest in the new iPhone models is clearly high considering Apple and its carrier partners are pleased with first day pre-order activity. So much for interest in the iPhone is fading.

AT&T Supporting Wi-Fi Calling Eventually

6:27 PM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has announced that AT&T will support Wi-Fi calling (announced as a feature of iOS 8) sometime in 2015, even though it's not really necessary due to the great reach and reliability of the AT&T network.

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AT&T says their network is so awesome nobody needs Wi-Fi calling anyway. That's cute.

Walmart to Apple: No Mobile Payments for You

4:10 PM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple says its new mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch has 220,000 merchants ready to go when it launches in October, but that list doesn't include Walmart or Best Buy -- and it won't, because neither company has any interest in supporting Apple Pay. Without either on board, Apple Pay may have a more difficult time gaining traction and could find itself in the same place as Google with a mobile payment platform that few people use and many retailers resist.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-12

1:22 PM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus started early this morning, although not everyone had good luck with Apple's website. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet today to talk about the frustrations with the pre-order process, and they also dive into what you need to know to make sure the contract you choose is the right one for you.

iPhone 6 Plus Pre-orders Sell Out, iPhone 6 Still Available

11:34 AM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're hoping to have an iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, your best option now is to wait in line at your local Apple Store or cell service provider store because Apple has sold out of its pre-order inventory only hours after starting orders. The smaller screen iPhone 6 is still available for next Friday delivery instead of the week or longer wait iPhone 6 Plus buyers are now facing.

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If you didn't want to get up far too early and fight with Apple's fumbled pre-order system, and you want to have a new iPhone delivered on September 19, it looks like you're buying the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. If you really want the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, you'll be waiting in line next Friday.

T-Mobile Joins iPhone 6 Pre-order Lineup

9:24 AM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Apple's just introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders started -- or at least tried to start -- just after midnight Pacific time, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were option, but T-Mobile wasn't. That finally changed several hours later, which means not only can hopeful iPhone buyers pre-order the new model, but they can get an unlocked version that works with multiple carriers, too.

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Apple's iPhone 6 pre-order process was a pain, and T-Mobile's absence when it launched just after midnight was frustrating for many potential customers. Considering how many people seem to want the new models, however, the T-Mobile delay probably won't have a negative impact on sales.

Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

8:32 AM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we'll learn about all of the things we can do with folder shortcuts in the Dock, from adjusting how the files within them appear to switching to (or away from!) Stacks view. Why, we'll even talk about how to sort those folders to find your stuff more easily! It's all here in this Quick Tip.

Apple Reserving iPhone 6 Preorders When Carrier Connections Hang

5:09 AM EDT, Sep. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple began reserving some iPhone 6 customer spots two hours into its pre-order day when it was unable to connect to its U.S. carrier partners. This allowed affected orders to go through instead of hanging during the ordering process. Our own Dave Hamilton reported this when ordering an iPhone 6 Plus at 1:37 AM PDT on September 12th.