The iPhone 6 is finally here and we decided to celebrate this incredible day with a giveaway!!! Not only that, but we decided to make it an iTunes $50.00 Gift Card giveaway! That way, you can grab some new apps, music, or your favorite TV shows or movies and have it all paid for!
One of the most popular questions in the media has been the actual size of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. We put our heads together and came up with an awesome idea to help answer this question! Read the contest rules below for the answer.
Simply post a photo of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus next to an "everday-average" object to show off the size and scale of Apple’s newest phone. The photo itself must include "iPhoneForums.net" and your username somewhere in the shot. The iPhoneForums.net text can either be written, displayed on the iPhone or you can print out our logo. (logo file is here:http://www.iphoneforums.net/img/iphoneforum-6.png)
We've taken a few photos of our personal iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to give you some ideas and kick this giveaway off! There will be no limit on how many photos you can submit, and iPhoneForums.net staff will ultimately pic our favorite from all of the entries.
Update: We realized we forgot to put a deadline for the contest. Please have your entries in by Friday, September 30th! Thanks!
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Apparently, interest in the new iPhone 6 has reached such a fever pitch, it is easily drawing Android users over (or back) to iOS. Supposedly, 1 in 3 Android users is considering switching from Android to the new iPhone 6.
In fact, according to one report (from trade-in website Gazelle), “during the week that Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung trade-ins increased with the announcement of new iPhones, jumping more than 3X week-over-week.” According to surveys, the prime reason Android users are considering the move is because of the larger screen on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The other big reasons cited were improved battery life and better third party app support on iOS.
It almost makes you wonder why Apple didn't upgrade the size of the iPhone sooner. Regardless, it looks like Apple is likely to take back some of the marketshare they lost to Android in the past. We aren't surprised.
Earlier this year, Apple acquired Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. Along with all of Beats' headphone and speaker products, our favorite fruit company also received the Beats Music streaming service as part of the acquisition.
According to a new report from TechCrunch on Monday, it seems like Apple is looking to shut down the Beats Music service. The report cites sources close to the situation including "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats".
This is all news to us, but the report claims that Beats executive Ian Rogers was previously put in charge of iTunes Radio. This could mean that Apple is looking to integrate some of the features (and possibly streaming capabilities) into iTunes products. Apple recently added the Beats Music Apple TV channel, so it's strange that the company is looking to shutdown its newly acquired service all together.
On Monday, Microsoft issued the version 5.5 update to its Skype applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch application. Skype 5.5 now supports enhanced iOS 8 notifications, which users can interact with using gestures.
Swiping on the notifications from the Lockscreen will allow users to answer or decline incoming calls, video calls or messages. The features comes in addition to standard bug fixes and improvements.
For calls on the Lockscreen:
For incoming voice calls – swipe left on the notification to answer or decline.
For incoming video calls – swipe left on the notification to answer with voice or video.
For missed voice and video calls – swipe left on the notification to call back or send a message.
For notification showing up as a banner:
For incoming voice calls — pull down on the notification to answer or decline.
For incoming video calls — pull down on the notification to answer with voice or video.
For missed calls — pull down on the notification to call back or send a message.
And finally, for standard Skype messages:
From the lock screen and the notification center — swipe left on the notification to reply.
From the lock screen — pull down on the notification to reply.
Notifications will of course need to be enabled within the settings app. Microsoft's Skype is available as a standalone 46.7-megabyte download, for free in the App Store.
It's a great day for Google Chrome mobile browser and iOS 8 users today. The search engine giant has just issued an update to the iOS Chrome browser app, adding support for third-party App Extensions using the multi-purpose Share sheet. Folks who use apps like Pintrest, Flipboard, Evernote, or any other supported applications, can now share internet content from Chrome with only a few taps.
After updating Google Chrome on iOS, users can head on over to the menu tab (top right), tap Share, and the tap the More button. This will bring users to a menu where anyone can enable or disable third-party App Extensions. After enabling a few, going to the Share menu will now show sharing options for whichever apps were enabled previously.
This is a great feature since this means Chrome will no longer be limited to sharing only on Facebook and Twitter social networks. As soon as developers update apps with third-party App Extensions, more sharing websites will be implemented for use with Google Chrome.
When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we knew both devices would have larger batteries than predecessors. Higher capacity batteries mean that the devices will take longer to charge than ones seen in devices like the iPhone 5S.
According to a MacRumors forum member, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are capable of faster charging by using an iPad charging adapter, instead of the standard 1A/5W block found in the box. The iPad 2.1A/12W charger draws 12W as oppose to 5W with the iPhone 6 charger in the box. The folks over a MacRumors used a Kill-A-Watt device to measure the outputs and claim that using the iPad charging adapter can charge an iPhone 6 Plus fully in about 2 hours.
This is all great news since I have an iPad charger laying around somewhere and have noticed slow charging speeds with my iPhone 6 Plus. iPad chargers are fairly inexpensive, around $20-30 for a decent one, and should make a great investment for those who need a quick charge.
Some tech bloggers with a little extra time on their hands put together an awesome comparison video for our entertainment and nostalgic edification. It's a performance video pitting every retail iPhone model ever made against each other.
The video hits all of the models including the unique new iPhone 6 Plus and the anomalous iPhone 5C, all the way down to the iPhone 2G. The video is actually quite entertaining and informative, as the creators of the video run these iconic devices through several tests, from boot-up and shutdown, to benchmarks and web-page loading.
What's really surprising when comparing all of these next to each other is how little the differences are in the hardware "numbers" presented. The amount of RAM doesn't really change a great deal amongst the devices once you get to the middle of the pack. Also, the MHz/GHz rating doesn't really change much either (although that is only a small factor in what determines the capabilities of a CPU or GPU, since the number of transistors and architecture upgrades between the devices actually changes quite a bit in almost every generation).
Ironically, it's also interesting to see that some of the older generation products ended up beating a few of their newer cousins in a few tests. When you think about it further, it actually does make sense though. Even though Apple continuously advances the hardware in each new iPhone, they also typically increase the number of software features and functions that the phone is capable of. This increases the complexity of the newer devices, while the older ones have less to do immediately.