Apple Acquisition of AuthenTec Meant No Nexus 6 Fingerprint Scanner

Back in 2012, Apple purchased biometrics company AuthenTec with the intention of including their fingerprint scanning technology in future iPhones and iPads. That technology became Apple’s Touch ID, first included with the iPhone 5s in 2013 and all iOS devices since. What we didn’t know, was that Motorola intended to incorporate this into their Nexus 6, but Apple’s acquisition left all but a tiny remnant of the company’s plans.

That remnant, according to former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, is the indentation that now holds the Motorola logo on the rear of the Nexus 6. Yes, that small dimple you see in the picture above.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside says that Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec meant no biometrics for the Nexus 6.

“Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.”

At least we all know what the dimple was for now.

Source: The Telegraph Via: 9to5Mac

Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Goes on Sale in US

Although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been on sale since September, the new phones have always been connected to a carrier somehwhow in the US. Well not anymore, you can now buy the two phones unlocked in the US for the first time.

While getting them unlocked was the only way to get the phones from the Apple Online Store in many other countries like the UK for example, Americans have always had to purchase them connected to a carrier in some way. Practically every network offered the phones with a plan, and you could only visit T-Mobile to actually purchase the handset without a contract, but now they can be bought free of those pesky mobile network ties.

The 6 starts at $649 and the 6 Plus at $749 and can be purchased in-store or online at store.apple.com.

Source: The Verge

 

Watch: Ad Campaign Completely Shot With iPhone 6 Plus

Luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo had their entire Christmas ad campaign filmed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Ad agency Truth NYC produced the ad exclusively with Apple’s biggest handset.

“iPhone 6 Plus was instrumental in helping us achieve our creative vision for this project—and do it in a brilliantly fast and effective way,” said Kenan Aktulun, founder of Truth NYC. “It opened up possibilities by allowing us to explore the life and energy of the holiday season in New York, in a truly mobile way.”

The ads were all shot with the phone’s slo-mo feature, utilising its optical image stabilisation and all-round brilliant camera. The camera on the device is actually capable of shooting 4k video, something that can be enabled with a few apps (disabled by default because of the enormous size of 4k video).

Source: Truth NYC Via: The Loop 

Report: Apple to Release New 4-Inch iPhone

The Electronic Times of Taiwan reports that Apple will be reintroducing an iPhone with a 4-inch display next year. 4-inches is the same size display as with the 5, 5s and 5c, and the new phone would be seen as a replacement for the ‘low-cost’ 5c.

It may seem odd initially that the company would want to continue producing new phones with such smaller displays, but it comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that some people just do not like massive phones. The report suggests that the new phone would be “for the convenience of single-handed operation of female users”, but in reality there are many people, male and female, who simply prefer the smaller display.

Apple was initially against the use of bigger displays, even making fun of them. But in traditional Apple fashion, the company decided to wait it out to see when a larger phone would be more appropriate. It seems that they pulled that off too, as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with their significantly larger displays, both received rave reviews.

This news suggests that Apple sees larger displays as a preference rather than a killer feature, and it appears that they plan to cater to all tastes in smartphone display sizes.

Source: Electronic Times of Taiwan