Hands on Video of iPhone 6 Plus Demonstrates Landscape Mode

3:14 PM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

In addition to the iPhone 6 video posted earlier to YouTube, Korean publication UNDERkg posted a hands-on video of Apple's as-yet unreleased iPhone 6 Plus. The presenter walks us through the look and feel of the device, basic functionality, and the iPad-like landscape mode unique to iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's iPhone product line. He also shows us how Reachability works, Apple's feature designed to make this phablet usable one-handed. In that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't ship until Friday, September 19th, this video is a great opportunity to get a better idea of how this large device looks in use. The site has a companion article with additional, high-quality photos. [Via MacRumors]

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Hands On iPhone 6 Video Hits YouTube Ahead of Official Release

2:58 PM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video—there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-16

2:29 PM, Sep. 16th, 2014 ·

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Here's a good sign for Apple Pay: Banks are ready to launch big marketing campaigns to make sure their credit card is your default for iPhone mobile payments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact bank enthusiasm could have on Apple Pay's success, plus they offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's interview on the Charlie Rose Show.

Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s Default Credit Card Choice

11:55 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 ·

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.

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If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal

11:16 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 ·

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

10:07 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 ·

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

9:11 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 ·

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, Sep. 15th, 2014 ·

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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, Sep. 15th, 2014 ·

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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.