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Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Hit Record Numbers

8:10 PM, 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.

Walmart to Apple: No Mobile Payments for You

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

iPhone 6 Pre-order Kick Off Sept 12 at 12:01AM Pacific Time

1:35 PM, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple promised pre-orders for the ,iPhone  and iPhone 6 Plus would start on Friday, September 12, but didn't say exactly what time. Thanks to Apple's carrier partners, we know that time is 12:01AM pacific time, which means there will be a lot of people up early Friday morning placing orders.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-11

1:11 PM, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

TMO's Dave Hamilton had the chance to go hands on with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so today he joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his first impressions and which model he's buy. Dave also squares off with Bryan Chaffin to debate whether or not Apple Pay really will be the jump start the NFC-based mobile payment market needs.

Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Dumped to the Internet

10:10 AM, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Over 4.9 million Gmail user names and passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum earlier this week, posing a potential security headache for a lot of people. Google said there wasn't any data breach, which means the logins were likely culled from other sites.

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Posting user names and pasword lists online is a pretty crappy thing to do and sometimes the Internet is a pretty crappy place. This Gmail password leak is a great reminder to avoid using the same login information on more than one site.

Apple Refunds New iCloud Price Difference to Current Subscribers

9:01 AM, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Current iCloud customers received a welcome email from Apple Wednesday evening telling them the rates they're paying for extra storage have been adjusted to be in line with the new lower prices. Apple also said customers are receiving refunds for the difference in what they already paid for their annual subscription.