Get ready, Apple fans: Benchmarks leak for iPhone 6 running iOS 9
Apple's next-generation mobile platform is still months away from being revealed, but we already know some important details thanks to leaked benchmarks
You might think of iPhone owners as an insular crowd, constantly upgrading from one device to the next, year after year, but Tim Cook says that’s not the case. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cook said that fewer than 15% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales came from customers upgrading from another iPhone.
Remember earlier this year when Kanye released a new single “Only One” that he produced with legendary ex-Beatle Paul McCartney? Well he’s now made a video for the tune that’s directed by yet another legend: Director Spike Jonez, who first made his name directing classic music videos by the Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim and many others. More →
We had some truly great paid iPhone and iPad apps for you yesterday that were all on sale for free for a limited time, and if you visit yesterday’s post you can still grab a few of them without paying a dime. Today, however, we have eight new paid iOS apps to share with you, and they’re all free downloads right now if you hurry. We definitely have some gems for you today, and one of our favorite word games is up first.
As always though, you had better download anything that looks appealing as soon as possible, because these sales could be over at any minute. More →
No matter how advanced our gadgets get from year to year, the fact remains that battery technology isn’t able to keep up. Just look at the Apple Watch, a smartwatch that’s going to be more powerful than the first iPad, but which will need constant charging. Similarly, many mobile devices that are already available in stores aren’t able to meet the battery needs of all consumers either, even though handset makers are constantly devising ways to improve battery life.
One such battery project belonging to MIT startup SolidEnergy might provide a solution for significantly increasing battery life on mobile devices starting as soon as this year. More →
Android 5.0 Lollipop is a huge upgrade for Google’s mobile operating system. The only problem with it, of course, is that it’s only available for a handful of devices. Most Android smartphone users still have plenty more waiting to do before Lollipop is finally available for their handset, but now there’s a terrific app that will make your older version of Android look just like Lollipop — and it’s free! More →
After various reports detailed Qualcomm’s alleged overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 flagship processor — which the chip maker subsequently denied — many publications said Samsung decided against using the component in its upcoming flagship. Some said that only initial Galaxy S6 batches will lack the chip, as Qualcomm fixes performance issues, while others speculated that Samsung might be actually interested in ditching its reliance on top Qualcomm chips for smartphone devices.
The semiconductor giant on Wednesday announced unexpected growth for the December quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, but also cut outlook for its 2015 fiscal year, suggesting that it may indeed have lost a key job that will impact its bottom line. More →
There are two times of the year that are the most exciting for enthusiastic Apple fans. The first comes in June, when Apple uses its annual Worldwide Developers Conference each year to debut a brand new version of its iOS platform. The second, of course, is in the late summer or early fall, when Apple releases iOS alongside at least one new iPhone model — though moving forward, we’re likely looking at two or more new iPhone models each year.
It’s still only January, but Apple is already hard at work on iOS 9, which is expected to include some major enhancements. Now, benchmark test results from an iPhone 6 running an early version of the next-generation software have been revealed for the first time. More →
Is your “unlimited” mobile data really unlimited if your carrier throttles it down to slower speeds at certain times? Per Re/code, the Federal Trade Commission this week ordered prepaid mobile carrier TracFone to pay $40 million for throttling its customers’ data connections despite the fact that they had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. However, it’s the FTC’s rationale for why TracFone should pay up that really ought to make larger carriers like AT&T worry. More →
Fierce rivals but close business partners Apple and Samsung squared off this week in one more episode of their massive duel, as each company reported financial results for the Christmas quarter. Apple was expected to post stellar results and record iPhone sales (which it did), with Samsung supposed to acknowledge yet another quarterly loss (which it did). Most interestingly though, some people said Apple might overtake Samsung as the world’s top smartphone vendor for the quarter, something that hasn’t happened in years. More →
The Pirate Bay service will soon be resurrected, well over a month after falling prey to a police raid in Sweden. But while all the good signs are there — that the torrent download service is coming back online on February 1st — a new report from Torrent Freak reveals some reasons to worry.
We’re constantly surprised by the incredible worlds that game developers are able to create, but we’re never satisfied with the visuals for very long. Where Half-Life 2 once shocked a generation of gamers, it can’t even begin to stand up to many of the independent games being released in 2015.