Back in early September, BGR exclusively reported that Apple was hard at work on its iOS 8.0.1 update long before iOS 8 was even released to the public. Now, a new report from MacRumors claims that the update has already been seeded to Apple’s carrier partners ahead of its upcoming public release. The blog goes on to supply what it claims to be a change log for Apple’s upcoming update, and the bad news is that none of the major complaints we’ve been seeing appear to be addressed in this first update. More →
Reviewing an iPhone is a curious endeavor. One might think it’s just like reviewing any other device, and the processes are indeed roughly the same. The difference, and it is a vast difference, is the purpose.
When reviewing a smartphone, a pair of shoes, a computer, a car, a movie or even a toaster, the purpose is generally to use experience and expertise to assist readers, or viewers, in making a buying decision. Even small gadget blogs can influence thousands or tens of thousands of people. A site like BGR influences millions and a large media organization can influence tens of millions of people.
But with iPhones, this simply is not the case. More →
Apple’s brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have one major difference that is instantly obvious from the moment you first see them: the size. Of course, the new iPhone 6 is indeed larger than any iPhone that has come before it, but the iPhone 6 Plus is even more massive. In fact, Apple’s first phablet is even taller than Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Note 4, which launches next month. But size isn’t the only thing that separates the iPhone 6 from the 6 Plus, and a new in-depth comparison video focuses on the major differences between the devices’ cameras, as well as camera performance. More →
When we covered 8 big problems with iOS 8 earlier this week, there was apparently a huge problem that was omitted from the list: it is still early for iOS 8 right now, of course, but so far Apple’s new mobile software is far more prone to crashes than the previous release, iOS 7.1. According to a study from Crittercism, which says it analyzes data from more than 1 billion monthly active mobile users, apps crash 78% more frequently on Apple’s latest and greatest version of iOS 8 than they do on its predecessor. More →
It seems odd since Google and Apple are huge rivals, but Google is indeed one of the best software companies in the world when it comes to iOS apps. Google’s apps — at least, the ones that are updated regularly — always feature beautiful designs and great functionality. In fact, some might argue that Google’s iOS apps are even better than Apple’s own iOS apps. Personally, I can say that Google’s Search app in particular is easily one of the apps I use most often. It brings Google’s incredible Google Now functionality to iOS and it makes searching the web a breeze; I rarely use Safari at all on my iPhone, opting instead to do a quick search with Google’s nifty app to visit a website.
And thanks to a recent update, Google’s iOS Search app is now better than ever. More →
Following reports of adoption that has been slower than iOS 7 last year or even iOS 6 in 2012, Apple failed to mention any iOS 8 download numbers when announcing rec0rd-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales on Monday morning. The omission was a bit odd considering Apple announced first-week iOS 7 download figures in 2013, and it suggests the adoption rate indeed hasn’t been terribly impressive thus far.
Why are people waiting? Is it a lack of exciting new features? After all, iOS 7 was a huge deal because it featured a completely revamped user interface. Of course, it could also be that people who have updated to iOS 8 have sometimes had some pretty substantial complaints, and they’re advising friends and family to wait.
According to one industry watcher, iOS 8 has 8 pretty big problems that Apple needs to address moving forward. More →
If you trekked out this past weekend in search of a specific iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus model that you just couldn’t find despite searching far and wide, you’re not alone. Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were met with insane demand as millions of people around the world lined up to be among the first to own Apple’s latest and greatest. Some people were content to buy a model other than the one they were looking for just to ensure they have a new iPhone as soon as possible, but not everyone is willing to compromise.
For those in search of a specific model, size and color combination that hasn’t yet been restocked in your area (high-capacity gold iPhone 6 Plus models are particularly scarce), a new website that went up over the weekend may be able to help. More →
While millions of people around the world fighting their way through crowds in order to get their hands on one of Apple’s hotly anticipated new iPhones, the people behind YouTube channel Rated RR were among them — but for a rather unorthodox reason. Instead of buying a new iPhone 6 Plus to replace a current smartphone, they bought one so that they could immediately destroy it in the most savage fashion imaginable. More →
As smartphones have grown more complex and powerful over the past couple of years, quad-core processors have become the standard. Quad-core clockspeeds have climbed to 2.5GHz and beyond, and some new smartphones even feature eight processor cores. Supporting these beastly processors is often either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, thus ensuring plenty of available memory on a smartphone for whatever tasks users might throw at them.
Meanwhile, Apple’s brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features a “disappointing” dual-core Apple A8 processor and “just” 1GB of RAM. But guess what… it turns out that those seemingly puny specs just crushed quad-core and octa-core rival smartphones in a number of key performance tests carried out by the world’s leading blog when it comes to technical gadget analyses. More →
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch is now behind us, and the company confirmed on Monday morning that it was indeed a record-smashing launch. Through the new iPhones’ first weekend of availability, Apple managed to sell more than 10 million combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. That figure might seem like it is fairly close to last year’s combined total of 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, but that number included between 2.5 million and 3 million iPhones sold in China, where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren’t yet available. As Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst noted in a post on Twitter, Apple enjoyed about 60% growth on-year through the new iPhones’ first weekend of availability when taking China into account.
So now that millions upon millions of people own all these new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, it’s time to make sure they get the most out of their new phones. We’ve been sharing tips and tricks for quite a while now, but there’s one trick in particular that every single iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owner needs to know. More →
Try to act surprised: Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially the fastest-selling iPhones of all time. And as a result, of course, that makes Apple’s new iPhone models for 2014 the fast-selling smartphones of all time, period. Apple on Monday morning issued the press release we’ve all been waiting for, confirming opening weekend sales numbers for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So, what do Apple’s numbers look like? Including preorders and sales through the new iPhones’ first three days of availability — and excluding sales in China, where the new iPhones haven’t yet launched — Apple managed to sell a mind-boggling 10 million combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. More →
Apple’s iPhone 6 is clearly the freshest new face on the block when it comes to flagship smartphones from leading gadget makers, but does newer really equate to better? Millions of smartphone buyers will own Apple’s new iPhone 6 by the end of this weekend, but millions more will face a difficult decision in the coming days and weeks: Which leading smartphone is right for me?
Everyone should be sure to try different smartphones in person before making any buying decisions, but we’ve put together an extensive comparison that will help give you a head start on this important decision. More →
Apple finally released its hotly anticipated iOS 8 update to the public earlier this week, and early opinions have been… mixed. The upgrade process was a bit dicey for some users but the dust seems to finally be settling now, and people are starting to explore all of iOS 8’s awesome new features.
We’ve shared tons of great iOS 8 tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the fresh new software on your iPhone or iPad, and you can find them all in our iOS 8 hub. But if you’re looking for one post with the widest possible range of tips, hints, tricks and walkthroughs, we have just the thing for you. More →