Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

3:28 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?

We Got Our Bigger iPhones - Hooray! So How do we Carry Them?

3:05 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.

Apple: Only Nine People Have Complained about Bent iPhones

2:56 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

#Bendgate

Apple said on Thursday that only nine customers have complained about bent iPhone 6 or 6 Plus devices, and that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." The company has gone on its equivalent of a full-court press, offering the statement to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Re/code, and other mainstream outlets at once.

Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

11:30 AM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.

Beware Fake Adverts Saying You Can Charge Your iPhone in a Microwave

6:49 PM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Hoax

There is a fake advert going around telling people they can recharge their iPhone in a microwave. Don't do it—it will destroy your phone. The ads are malicious fakes designed to look like Apple advertising, complete with an Apple copyright as shown below, but it's a pack of lies designed to take advantage of folks who aren't tech savvy.

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I haven't been this angry in a long time. The cynical and depraved depths to which a human must sink in order to eke pleasure from a prank like this is astounding. This was a vile and disgusting thing to do, and those responsible should examine their life choices and values.

OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 6 Plays Great Defense

5:45 PM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

There are occasions when you must have an iPhone with you, readily available, but the environment is rugged. Examples are construction, airline and military operations. In those cases, one may prefer to have the ultimate in iPhone protection: ports covered, display protected, and a multi-layer, cushioned shells. This case fills the bill.

iPhone 6 Earns Best Ever SquareTrade Drop Test Score

10:45 AM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's new iPhone 6 may bend, but it doesn't break. That's the word from the electronic device protection plan company SquareTrade after putting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a series of drop tests.

Apple Buys Prss iPad Magazine Publishing Platform

9:22 AM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple has purchased the digital magazine design company Prss, which could be a sign that the iPhone and iPad maker plans to do for periodical design what it did for books with iBooks Author. Prss started life as the production tool for the award winning iPad magazine Trvl and was spun off as its own company in 2013.

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If Apple is planning on offering its own digital magazine design tools, that could open substantially lower the bar for hopeful publishers. Depending on what Apple offers along with Prss's tools, it could eat into expensive digital magazine publishing platform sales.