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by Maura at Oct 9, 2015
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According to a new report from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, via AppleInsider, it looks as though Apple are doing a great job of keeping supplies of the iPhone 6s ticking over.

After polling 54 Apple stores in New York, Florida, and Texas, Munster found that 50% of 64GB iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models for AT&T and Verizon were available. This compares with 6% of iPhone 6 units a year ago, and 12.8% of iPhone 5s units two years ago.

Munster did find, however, that supply differs greatly according to the different models, with 93% of 64GB 6s units available, and just 7% of 6s Plus units being available.

Munster added that although some 6s models are shipping in 3 to 5 days in the Apple US online store, there’s a much longer wait for Plus models, which are taking from 2 to 3 weeks to arrive. Even so, this is still a vast improvement on the situation following the launch of the iPhone 6 last year.

Source: iPhone 6s supplies tracking far better than 2014 iPhone 6 launch, store stock indicates
by Maura at Oct 9, 2015
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Following on from the success of the smash hit “Heads Up!” mobile game, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, along with Warner Bros. Interactive, has released a new iOS game, Psych!

The interactive party game is free-to-play, and brings friends and family together for game night, where players get to make up fake answers to real trivia questions and compete with other players to guess the correct answer from the fake ones.

Players win points for each friend that they “psych!” into thinking that they have the correct answer.

The game was developed by Sequence, and the free-to-play version features three free category decks available at launch, including Word Up”, Is That a Fact?, and Movie Bluff! Nine additional decks can be purchased for £0.79.

Click here to download: Psych! Outwit Your Friends on the App Store

Source: Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Digital Ventures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
by RaduTyrsina at Oct 9, 2015
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Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase 40 new countries, with Taiwan customers being the first from the second wave that are able to purchase the newest iPhones.

Thus, starting from today, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability is expanding to more than 40 countries, the bulk of which are in Europe. In each country, Apple retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and local carriers will begin offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as retail locations begin opening in the morning.

Here are all the new countries where the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available as of October 9 - Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Following today's launch, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability will also be expanding to additional countries, as follows:
  • October 10: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
  • October 15: Israel
  • October 16: India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Montenegro, South Africa, and Turkey
  • October 23: Belarus, Guam, Moldova, Serbia, South Korea, and Ukraine
Apple recently said they are going bring the new iPhones to more than 130 countries by the end of the year.

Source: Apple
by RaduTyrsina at Oct 9, 2015
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If you have been waiting to buy a SIM-free iPhone 6s or 6s Plus smartphone, you should know that they are now available for purchase. Apple on Thursday night began offering SIM-free models of its latest smartphones via its web store.

The new models available on Apple's online store do not include any kind of SIM card, meaning they are unlocked. Here's what Apple says on its website:

"The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn’t come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s. And because it’s unlocked, it isn’t tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States."

The SIM-free iPhone 6s is model A1633, and the iPhone 6s Plus is A1634. The handsets come without any kind of carrier financing, so you’ll have to pay the entire price. The devices start at $650 and 750, respectively.

Source: Apple
by RaduTyrsina at Oct 8, 2015
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According to Apple's latest statistics, iOS 9 is now installed on 57 percent of all compatible devices accessing the App Store, which represents a 7 percent uptick over the past two weeks.

Apple's developer webpage reveals that interest in the new operating system remains strong three weeks after launch. The newest iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus have pushed the iOS 9 adoption to 57% after 3 weeks of availability. 33 percent of devices visiting the iOS App Store on Oct. 5 were still running iOS 8, while 10 percent had iOS 7 or earlier installed.

iOS 8 only managed to hit 56% about two months after its release, versus iOS 9 which seems to have achieved that with it only being released less than a month ago.

Source: Apple
by dgstorm at Oct 8, 2015
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Here at Droidforums (and several other sites) we have had a wide range of possible responses to forum posts for some time. Nowadays, you can go well beyond just a "like" or "dislike" functionality, and do it very easily across the web. That's what makes it all the more puzzling that it has taken Facebook so long to implement something beyond a single "Like" button.

It sounds like Zuckerberg and Co. have finally listened to Facebook consumers' complaints about this this issue and are working on a solution. Supposedly Facebook is testing out something called "Reactions," and it will basically be a "like/dislike" series of buttons which will give folks a wide range of emotions to choose from when "grading" a post. Here's a quote with more of the details,

It seems like Facebook could have been working on this some time ago, but at least the world's largest Social Network is still evolving.
by RaduTyrsina at Oct 8, 2015
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it was recently discovered that Apple is dual sourcing the A9 chip for the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus from both TSMC and Samsung, meaning there are actually two different sized A9 processors floating around in the new iPHones.

A couple of benchmarks suggested there is little if any difference in chip performance between the two A9 variants, but now a couple of new tests have been performed, revealing new details. The TSMC-manufactured A9 chip could have a significantly better battery life.

A reddit poster compared Samsung and TSMC versions of the iPhone 6s Plus using the battery life test included in Geekbench 3, finding the TSMC version lasting nearly two hours longer than the model with Samsung A9 chip. MacRumors talked with John Poole of Primate Labs, the developers of Geekbench, and they said the this

"John Poole noted there have been rumors of TSMC's 16-nanometer process being "superior" to Samsung's 14-nanometer process in power consumption. He was, however, surprised by the amount of difference in observed battery life considering the various components have essentially identical performance benchmarks. Ideally, further controlled testing can be performed to offer a more accurate comparison between the variants."

While these early benchmarks and other tests do hint at the possibility of somewhat better power efficiency for the TSMC A9 over the Samsung A9, any impact on real-world performance has yet to be established.

Source: Engadget
by Maura at Oct 8, 2015
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MacRumors reports that Apple has today announced that enhanced editions of all seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are now available exclusively via the iBooks Store worldwide for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

The exclusive enhanced editions feature the full original text, as well as interactive animations, gorgeous artwork, and annotations direct from J.K. Rowling herself.

You can also get exclusive custom covers for each of the books, as well as custom Harry Potter typefaces, as well as new section headers and drop caps.

The new editions are available now for $9.99 each in English in 32 countries, and pre-orders for other countries start today.

This really is a massive deal for Apple, as previously Harry Potter digital books were only available via J.K. Rowling and Sony’s Pottermore shop.

Source: Harry Potter Enhanced Editions Now Available Exclusively on iBooks
by Maura at Oct 7, 2015
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MacRumors reports that Barclays bank in the UK is set to add support for Apple Pay early next year. While Apple Pay has already been available in the UK since July at over 250,000 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Barclays has yet to join the fray with the other banks that are already supporting Apple Pay. All the other members of the “Big Four” banks in the UK already support Apple Pay, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank.

However, that is all set to change, according to an email sent to a customer by Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani, in which he said,

“We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year. We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly.”

Source: Barclays Planning to Launch Apple Pay Support in UK in Early 2016
by dgstorm at Oct 7, 2015
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With the many documentaries and fictionalized biographies which have been popping up lately around the late Steve Jobs we have seen a great deal of sensationalism. They either put Jobs up on a pedestal or they demonize him (or both). It can become easy to forget that he was just a man, driven by some of the same emotions, needs and desires as the rest of us.

The folks at ABC News "found" a previously unaired video of the late co-founder of Apple, and in it we get to see the softer, gentler side of the man. This video is a gathering of higher level Apple employees just before the iPhone was announced. In the video, Jobs explains his management style. He said, “My theory of management is The Beatles. Together, they helped amplify each other’s really good tendencies, and that’s true of any team. And we have a really great team here at Apple."

He also talks about the upper management giving fellow Apple employees hugs. While this paints a stark contrast to the authoritarian way he has been portrayed by the media, it also serves to humanize him. Perhaps bringing his image back down to earth is really what we need. To be clear, the video referenced above even falls pray to the same overly exaggerated level of hyperbole that most of the media does in regards to Jobs. The video is even titled, "Newly Released Tapes Reveal Visionary Genius of Apple's Steve Jobs."

Despite that, the video is worth watching because it does show a side of Jobs that the general public rarely viewed. It's important to remember Steve Jobs for his great accomplishments in life. It's equally important to remember that he wasn't a mythical figure, and was subject to the same foibles and follies as the rest of us.

Because of it's format, we couldn't share the ABC News video directly here, but you can check it out at the source link below.

Source: Video: Newly...
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