Airline Passengers Phone Catches Fire Mid-Flight

If you are reading this on your phone you may want to put it down on the table and read it from afar. Phones are known for having the odd quirk of behaviour here and there but when it comes to catching fire, that’s probably their scariest behaviour. Sadly one person found this out the hard way when her phone caught fire mid-flight.

Anna Crail is a college sophomore who was on an Alaska Air flight to enjoy her spring break. To pass the time on the plane she decided to watch a film on her iPhone 6, a move which seemed to cause trouble when it started to shoot flames.

Talking to KOMO-TV Anna described the events:

“All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone, and I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone’s seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up”

An Alaska Air spokesman told ABC news that the fire was “quickly extinguished” and that there was no injuries or damage to the plane which continued on its way.

Both Alaska Air and the FAA are looking into the incident alongside Apple who have said they are getting in touch with the family and the airline regarding the matter.

Apple Unveils iPhone 6S And 6S Plus With 3D Touch Haptic Feedback

Apple has showcased the latest additions to their iPhone range and described the handsets as, “the most advanced smartphones in the world”. The construction utilizes aerospace-grade aluminium and the strongest glass cover in the industry. On a more cosmetic angle, there is a new rose-gold premium colour scheme. Furthermore, both handsets opt for Apple’s flagship A9 processor and the iSight camera has been upgraded to a 12-megapixel sensor. Another invention is 3D touch which detects the amount of pressure being applied to the screen and performs various functions via force sensors. This means, tapping the screen or a prolonged press provides a very different result in the latest software.

The camera also incorporates “deep trench isolation” to reproduce colours more effectively and create a vivid image. From the presentation footage, the camera quality seems excellent and a marked improvement over the 6 and 6 Plus. Apple decided to offer 4K video with the new 6S range and this has been a long overdue feature as phones like the One Plus 2 can already do this for a much lower price. Consumers often use the front-facing camera to take “selfies” and Apple has improved the sensor to 5-megapixels. This is more than ample for quick photographs but nothing to really write home about.

In terms of networking, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus contains 23 LTE bands and a maximum WiFi speed of 866 Mbps. This makes it a great choice for people constantly travelling to a variety of countries. In a fairly cringeworthy manner, Apple announced its own Android App designed to migrate data from Android users to iOS, and suggested they are acquiring lots of ex-Android customers.

The pricing remains unchanged from the previous models and costs $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), $399 (128GB) plus a 24 month contract on the 6S and $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB), $499 (128GB) if you decide to choose the iPhone 6S Plus. The handsets will come with the latest iOS 9 operating system and a new upgrade programme has been launched which let’s you upgrade your phone every year. Although, this is only on tariffs at a minimum of $32 per month and in Apple Stores.

This Special Battery Could Keep an iPhone Charged for up to a Week

The Apple iPhone 6 is a decent smartphone from a performance point of view, but it’s not exactly the most ideal when it comes to battery life. Fortunately, a British company named Intelligent Energy has recently made a huge breakthrough in creating an iPhone that can last for an entire week on a single charge. This is all possible thanks to a built-in hydrogen fuel cell, which provides much-needed energy while giving off small amounts of heat and water. The company has created a working iPhone 6 prototype that includes a rechargeable battery as well as a patented technology that produces electricity by mixing hydrogen and oxygen.

The prototype has the same shape and size as an original iPhone 6, but it does boast a series of rear vents that allow water vapors to escape. Even though some believe that Intelligent Energy is working closely with Apple, the firm’s chief executive, Henri Winand, has refused to comment on these rumours and stated the following:

“To our knowledge this has never been done before. We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with.”

The battery itself could be fueled using a disposable cartridge that would fit in a slot into the bottom of the smartphone. Apparently, a consumer version of this improved iPhone is just a few years away, but it all comes down to how fast Apple wants to go forward with the project. Apple’s representatives also declined to comment on a potential partnership with Intelligent Energy.

Thank you TheTelegraph for providing us with this information.

Apple Offers to Fix ‘Blurry’ IPhone 6 Plus Cameras for Free

Apple has been under increasing pressure from disgruntled customers affected by blurry focus on the iPhone 6 Plus rear-facing camera. The hardware fault effects models sold between September 2014 and January 2015 but Apple insists this only occurs to “a small percentage” of handsets. To setup an RMA, you need to navigate to this dedicated website and insert your phone’s credentials. Please note, Apple can refuse the repair or charge a fee if the phone has any damage which could impair the repair process. It’s a shame Apple doesn’t provide a brand new replacement phone but at least your existing handset doesn’t go to waste.

Evidence showing the highlighted problem is included in a user-video below and illustrates how the camera’s optics swish from side-to-side. It’s important to reiterate that this only happens on the iPhone 6 Plus so other handset owners shouldn’t be affected. This isn’t the first instance of hardware flaws on the iPhone 6 which was plagued by “bendgate” and created a lot of negative press surrounding the latest SKUs.

While Apple might be completely right and the issues are quite isolated, it’s good to see consumers being given a free repair option. Although it’s long overdue and many users might have already migrated to Android after returning their faulty handset.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.

T-Mobile Blue Screen iPhone Bug

Oh the nostalgia of the blue screen of death which has been a constant annoyance for PC owners. Yes PC fanboy, I am aware that Macs have a variant of this bug which boots to a blank blue screen, I use the term PC for personal computer, otherwise it would be a PiM for Personal iMac, and nobody wants Pims o’clock. ABut as mobile devices have become more powerful, the threat of a blue screen might be lurking in your shiny new phone and it may depend on your network.

There have been rumours abound that subscribers of the T-Mobile phone network have become victims of a blue screen of death and also frequent restarts which seem to occur on their iPhone. So far the known devices of such a bug are the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s. Users of these affected models seem to suffer with restarts every 10 to 30-minute intervals. This bug also extends to multiple versions of iOS 8 including iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.3.

As yet T-Mobile has failed to clarify the problem, but there seems to be a feeling of the glitch being either a carrier update from T – Mobile or memory problems with the devices in question. Users who have experienced this glitch have managed to halt the ascendance of the blue screen of death by performing a “hard reset” on their iPhones, it’s a good job we are talking about tech, otherwise I would be known as the ex writer of eTeknix.

If this fails, T-Mobile are instructing customers to delete their old text messages and do a factory restore via iTunes. It suggests to me that T-Mobile might be at fault for this glitch, if it was a problem with the devices then people from all networks would be effected. The advancements in tech but the same old glitches, it’s a funny old world.

Thanks You MacRumors for providing us with this information.

Image Courtesy of newnewsouth

Apple Releases First Official Lightning Compatible Dock

Out of seemingly nowhere, Apple has now released a new official dock that is compatible with the Apple’s most recent “Lightning” connector.

Named the “Lightning Dock”, it was released silently through their online store today (19th May) – priced at £35 – and is the first first-party Lightning compatible dock that has been released by Apple. The product has an incredibly minimalistic, rounded design – making it the perfect size for any desk space or anywhere else you might find use for it. Previously, to indulge in the convenience of vertical charging with the iPhone 5/6 you would have to go and buy a third-party product, and while most are certainly commendable, you can’t always rely on them to provide the same integrity or aesthetics – which is often top priority for some iPhone users. We first saw Lightning come out in 2012, as a replacement of the old 30 pin connector. Being 80% smaller than the former connector, Lightning only uses a total of 8 pins and can be inserted either way up.

As well as charging you device, the dock will also sync the device to your computer when the dock connected via the USB, allow you to enjoy “clear audio during speakerphone calls” and can even play music when you connect it a powered stereo system, although the 3.5mm cable is sold separately.

With such a sleek look, there is no doubt that every Apple enthusiast will want to get their hands on one.

Apple Expects to Sell 1 Million Watches During Opening Weekend, 8 Million in its First Year

Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, has stated in his recent research that Apple Watch sales could reach over one million units in the opening weekend. The unit buyers are said to be all from pre-orders and launch sales and does not include customers who are just arriving at Apple Stores and buying the gadget after its release.

Therefore, the sales figure estimate is expected to be much higher than previously anticipated, having Muster’s numbers for his predictions coming from loyal customers who are keen to get their hands on a Watch on April 10th. He also is said to expect Apple to sell about 300,000 units in the first 24 hours, having it be a 6% attach rate on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders.

Muster is said to even predict that Apple is going to sell 8 million units during the first year, adding a $4.4 billion revenue to the company. Given the prediction, 40 to 50 million units should be sold by 2017, accounting for 10% of Apple’s revenue for the first year. This will also indicate that about 8-10% of iPhone users will be wearing a watch in the future.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Apple to Release Three New iPhones This Year?

Apple could release three new iPhone models this year, according to Apple Insider. The story comes courtesy of DigiTimes, which claims that three new Apple smartphones are coming during the second half of 2015: the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the smaller iPhone 6C. Though, take the news with a pinch of salt, considering DigiTimes has a spotty record when it comes to breaking Apple news.

The report says that the 6S and 6S Plus will be powered by Apple’s new A9 chip, with the 6C carrying the older A8 chip.

Apple has previous form releasing upgraded and budget versions of its existing handsets using the ‘S’ and ‘C’ nomenclature, respectively, so the rumour at least sounds as though it could be true. It allows the company to keep its handsets updated without a complete hardware overhaul.

If the news is true, it shouldn’t be too long until it is confirmed.

Source: Business Insider

Apple Increases Prices of Its Products in Non-US Countries

While Apple has discounted the price of its Apple TV in North America to $69, the company seems to be doing the exact opposite to a lot of its products around the world. This comes as a result of the US Dollar gaining some ground and becoming stronger in the market.

Apple products which suffered an increase in pricing include the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, and are now more expensive in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and other countries to reflect currency adjustments.

For example, the Canadian Apple Store shows an increase in unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also upped the price on its 15-inch MacBook Pro in France, with the base model now starting at €2,249 up from €1,999, and the higher-spec model up to €2,799 from €2,499.

Apple is said to continue to make the adjustments in order to ensure that its products and services are as consistently priced as possible throughout the world. However, in some cases, international prices will remain higher than North America prices as a ‘safety’ against currency fluctuations.

Thank you MacRumors for providing us with this information

Ford Reveals Two New Prototype E-Bikes

Ford recently revealed two prototype e-bikes at the Mobile World Congress that aim to make travelling around cities a bit safer. The two e-bikes are called MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro and have a 200-watt electric motor, along with a 9-amp per hour battery. They are said to have a top speed of up to 25 km/h.

The bikes feature a rear-facing sensor that alerts the rider if a car is approaching quickly from behind by making the handlebars vibrate. Also, if you have an app open, it will also show the warning on the display.

There are also lights on the side of the handlebars and read of the bikes to warn a car’s driver of a possible impact with the bike, suggesting him or her to slow down in order to avoid it.

Both bikes are said to connect to Ford’s prototype app named MoDe:Link, currently compatible only with the iPhone 6. The app helps the riders plan their route and helps with direction by giving feedback through the handlebars, telling the rider when to turn. Blinking indicators are said to also automatically activate in order to inform other drivers of a turn being made by the rider.

Due to the bikes being foldable, the app can take the user to a bus or train stop, should it be quicker than any alternative. It is said to also display the cost of any public transport fees to the destination.

Other key features within the app include identifying bike-friendly roads and generate warning feedbacks regarding other potential hazards. To be noted is that the DoMe:Pro is designed for couriers, having the ability to be folded and stored in the back of a van, while the DoMe:Me is designed for regular commuters.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Apple’s Tim Cook Named ‘CEO of the Year’ by CNN

US news outlet CNN has named Tim Cook, the Chief Executive of Apple, as its ‘CEO of the Year’ for 2014. Over the last twelve months, Apple has enjoyed an upsurge in stock price and record-breaking sales with its iPhone 6 iteration, for which Cook has been rewarded.

CNN posits that Cook did “an amazing job” and cite the hype for the forthcoming Apple Watch next year as a major victory.

Cook has arguably the toughest CEO job in America. He’s had to convince skeptics that Apple can still innovate after the death of Steve Jobs. He’s proven all the naysayers wrong.

Cook has garnered a number of other accolades this year, including the Financial Times’ ‘Person of the Year’ 2014, and a nomination for TIME magazine’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’, losing out to the Ebola Fighters.

Source: MacRumors

New Lenovo Phone Rumoured to Have 46-Day Stand-By Battery Life

According to rumours, Lenovo’s new smartphone, the P70t, looks to be a significant spec upgrade on its P-series predecessors, most notably its 4,000mAh battery with its astonishing 46-day standby lifespan.  For comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus, with its 2,915mAh battery, has a standby life of 16 days.

In addition to an unrivalled battery life – aided by advanced power-saving technology – the handset will have a 5-inch, 720p OGS display, and a 64-bit quadcore LTE processor. The dimensions of the phone are 142mm x 71.8mm, with a thickness of 8.9mm and weighing in at 149g.

The leaked details of the Lenovo P70t come courtesy of tech site Gizmo China.

Source: Techradar

Latest iPhone 6 Fault Revealed

Update your list, iPhone 6 users: there’s a new fault to be concerned about. A number of online threads, originating from sources such as Reddit, MacRumors, and iFixit, have been flooded with user comments complaining about the front-facing camera suffering alignment issues. If you’re a fan of the selfie, you might find that the iPhone 6’s front camera isn’t capturing the whole of your face, with the right side of the lens becoming obscured by the handset’s case.

This is the latest in a long line of faults to be found by iPhone 6 users, previous issues being bending handsets, memory crashes, focus and stability problems with the rear-facing camera, and a screen that is easily scratched.

Source: BGR

Why Didn’t The iPhone 6 Ship with a Sapphire Screen?

For those of you who follow the tech news heavily, you’ll remember that over a year ago Apple signed on an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies – who were at the time a niche sapphire glass manufacturer. Sapphire glass would finally put a true leap forward in mobile screen technology, helping to curb the majority of scratched and cracked phone displays – but as soon as the contractual agreement was reached the relationship between the two companies soured and became a frenzy of problem after problem.

It turns out that Apple was originally interested in purchasing furnaces of it’s own to make the sapphire glass itself – but before it went ahead with the idea, Cupertino changed it’s mind and decided to streamline the process through GT. The Wall Street Journal’s report notes that the problem was is that GT wasn’t able to scale to Apple’s size and demand for the screens, and the two clashed heads over the large issue until it broke the smaller company. GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy early last month.

On top of this, the entire relationship was marred with incredible mistakes at almost every corner. Just days before the contract was signed between the two companies, GT produced 578 pounds of sapphire – with not even one ounce of the yield being usable. Apple as you’d expect from any large device maker, pushed hard for large scale production at low prices – which made profitability extremely difficult for GT over the span of operation with Apple. Things boiled over pretty horrendously, and the two companies met in court shortly after the release of the iPhone 6 – lacking a sapphire screen – and a bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies blaming Apple for their demise. It’s evident from reading through the Wall Street’s report that both companies have themselves to blame for the fallout.

Sapphire screens would be an incredible addition to any premium smartphone. But if this first major step from Apple is any indication of how difficult it is to try and produce a large panel of it in mass quality, having sapphire displays looks like it’s going to be a long way off.

Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information.

Chinese Man Successfully Installs Working Windows 98 OS onto iPhone 6 Plus


Ah – the old and familiar 90’s Window boot up sound has just trickled through your eardrum. But wait – what’s this? Windows 98 running on an iPhone!? Blasphemy!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen – a Chinese man who goes under the forum alias of ‘xyq058775‘ has just successfully installed a functional Windows 98 onto an iPhone 6 Plus. It’s awesome, it’s crazy – and we love it.

The man posted a set of images accompanied by short descriptions of the process and problems installing and running the operating system on the iPhone 6 Plus. Running EXE binary files is currently out of the question on the Apple device, but he was successfully able to alter and change the input methods of Windows 98 to allow navigation of the operating system, as well as the ability to open the start menu and fire up Internet Explorer. It’s an awesome feat – and is one that seems to have been accomplished through what we’re guessing is DoSBox – a program used to emulate x86 platforms and games.

Be sure to checkout the forum post by xyq058775, available for reading here.

Thanks to for providing us with this information.

Apple Said Only 9 iPhones Bent – Here’s a Video of 300 of Them!

Here we were, thinking that we had heard the last of Bendgate. Let us summarise what Bendgate is all about, just in case you should have been out of media coverage since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched.

The first images and complaints about bent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appeared just a few days after the launch-event on twitter and other social media sites. People were complaining about their brand new expensive phones bending while carrying them in their trouser pockets.

Defenders claimed that people were at own fault when having their phones in the back-pocket or skin-tight jeans. But it didn’t just happen in those scenarios according to reports, it also happened to people wearing normal trousers and having the iPhone in the front pocket. Apple publicly denied that this was a big issue and said they only got reports of 9 phones in total that had bent.

The internet wasn’t satisfied with this statement and about a month ago a new website sprung up called One of the Nine. Their goal is collect photos of bent iPhones to show that more than nine units are affected like Apple said. Despite not having had much media coverage, the site already got 327 photos where off the first 300 images have been compiled into a video accompanied by a song that’s almost guaranteed to make you smile while watching it.

Thanks to BGR for providing us with this information

Video courtesy of One of the Nine

Apple iPhone 6 Competition Winner!

It’s that awesome time of the week once more as we get to pick a lucky winner for our latest competition! The new iPhone 6 hasn’t been with us long, but it has rapidly sold in great numbers and been well general received by the masses; despite the usual comical backlash from the Android community. The iPhone 6 isn’t cheap, which is why we’ve picked up the 16GB model for one of our lucky fans and today it’s going to feel like Christmas have come early!

And the winner is….

Craig Ackroyd of South Yorkshire, England!

Well done to our winner, I hope you enjoy your prize. For everyone else, please don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win, we’ve got loads of great competitions running which you can enter here and even more on the way very soon! Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

Apple Releases Bug Filled iOS 8.0.1 Update

It hasn’t been the best couple of days for Apple, in what otherwise was supposed to be their time of celebration. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus were launched and very well received at first. The newest version of the operating system, iOS 8, wasn’t launched as smoothly as it could have been, with users complaining about the download size and a number of bugs. We also heard about the bending issues and that they were targeted by another 4chan hoax. Luckily there weren’t many that fell for the hoax.

Now Apple have released the first update to the new iOS, version 8.0.1. This update was supposed to fix the previous mentioned bugs in the new operating system. While it sure does that, it also introduces a whole list of new bugs. So you might want to hold off updating your new iPhone just yet.

The update does fix some things as mentioned, mainly that the HealthKit apps can now be made available in the App-store. But also trouble with third party keyboards, the photo library and SMS/MMS services have been fixed among others.

iOS 8.0.1 Changelog:

  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

Image courtesy of Apple

iBend – New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reportedly Bending in Pockets.

If you’ve just picked up one of Apple’s hot new smartphones, we’ve got some very bad news. Reports are swirling that the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have a major design flaw – the framework of the phone seems to be able to bend with extreme ease; permanently altering and damaging the devices shape and stature. Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter to post about their experiences with their bent iPhone, with many claiming their device became bent simply by storing it for long periods of time in their front jeans pocket.

MacRumours highlighted one particular forum board post that stated:

Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted.

A popular YouTuber ‘Unbox Therapy‘ also posted a fairly in-depth look at the strength and build of the iPhone 6 Plus. The video is available below for viewing. The reports of iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ bending so easily and drastically has the potential to lead to an unprecedented level of recalls for Apple’s iPhone device – and to be honest we’re extremely surprised to see a fault as major as this this slipping through Apple’s renowned build quality, engineering and testing procedures. One thing is for certain however – Cupertino looks like it might be in for a very rough set of months ahead, and it will be extremely interesting to see how the company reacts to the shocking reports. At the time of writing we don’t have any iPhone 6’s on us to test the construction out – and even if we did, we’d be very weary breaking such an expensive piece of technology. For those of you who have picked up Apple’s latest iPhone – handle with care.


Thanks to DailyDot for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Twitter Users @nelsoncardoz and @FlorianP123

First Person to Get iPhone 6 Drops It During Live TV Interview.


So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. You’ve lined up for days now prior to the new Apple iPhone launch – waiting ever so patiently for the big glass doors to open up just so you can get your hands on the new model. Out of all the excitement and in front of hundreds of others, what do you do? Well for one Jack Cooksey from Perth, Australia – the first person in Perth to pick up the new iPhone 6 – he dropped it live on camera for the nation to see.

Thankfully though, the smartphone survived impact on the hard concrete – with Cooksey swiftly picking the device back up again with quivering hands. After the live TV interview – Cooksey said “I just can’t wait to open it again — and not drop it.” And let’s hope he does just that, otherwise it might not only be one very expensive mistake –  it might also take him quite a bit of time to receive a replacement. Apple’s new iPhone 6 has caught the world by storm yet again, with shortages of the device being reported globally. If you’re picking up the new iPhone – always remember to take it easy and handle with care! No one should have to go through the horror of a shattered screen on day one.

Thanks to PerthNow for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PerthNow.

Apple Confirms iPhone 6 NFC Chip is Locked to Apple Pay

Super keen to pick up Apple’s latest iPhone? We’ve got some rather bad news for you. The company today confirmed that the NFC chip found within its latest handsets is locked to Apple Pay – meaning that if you’ve ever dreamt of pairing your new iPhone with a set of NFC speakers or charging system you’re all out of luck. The company thus far has declined to comment on any future plans for the chip – and as always with anything Apple locks down, don’t expect to hear things changing any time soon.

NFC holds the capacity for a number of innovative uses, everything from wireless charging stations, launching applications, sharing data and files and even seamless playback via NFC speaker systems. Apple in the past has always opted for a Bluetooth approach to wireless connectivity with peripherals – however it’s disappointing to see the NFC chip found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being restricted so heavily from users. The only positive light from all of this is that the NXP-manufactured NFC chip that ships within the devices is indeed capable of providing open access to other NFC enabled devices – Apple’s just opted to lock that function down. Hopefully Apple will open things up in the future.

Image courtesy of AppleInsider.

Thanks to CNET for providing us with this information.

Apple Unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

While the livestream of the big unveiling event is creating trouble for Apple, the news ticker works great and we’re able to bring you some of the latest news directly from the event. The whole thing started with a historical view back on the location; the Flint Center. It was here in 1984 that Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh for the first time and it was the same place Steve introduced the famous iMac in 1998.

Now it’s time for Apple’s next big thing. Tim Cook started the presentation, “Today, we are pleased to announce the biggest advancement in iPhone.” the new iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus. Both the new phones have a continuous seamless design without any distinct edges, the glass is curved to the back where it meets the anodized aluminium casing.

Both models will feature the new improved Retina HD display that uses dual-domain pixels on the photo-aligned IPS display. This gives the user a wider viewing angle as well as support of the full sRGB gamut. The glass is ion-strengthened and has a size of 4.7 and 5.5 inch respectively.

The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, going slightly past the 720p mark. The plus model on the other hand has a full HD display with 1920 by 1080 resolution and 401 pixels per inch. Where the old iPhone was 7.6mm thick, the new generation have been sent on a diet and have had all their unnecessary fat cut away. The iPhone 6 is only 6.9mm thick while the Plus model needs another 0.2mm and is 7.1mm thick.

Both new phones are powered by the Apple designed A8 chip with up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics. The processor is said to be 50 times faster than the original iPhone, and 84% faster in graphics. Though it’s quite some years ago that the original iPhone was released, it’s still an accomplishment. The new CPU is also said to be up to 50% more power efficient.

Barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass are all present and supported by the M8 co-processor, and all tied into the health and apps system to give you more detail about everything. LTE support is said to be the best available in any smartphone and present for over 200 carriers all around the world. The new iPhone will also allow you to send crisp clear Voice over LTE.

It has 802.11ac WiFi to match the newest standards and top speeds in network environments, and WiFi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.

The iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, f/2.2 aperture and an all new sensor. The new version of the iPhone should take even better photos and videos with these improvements on both the software and hardware side.

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Apple

eTeknix Exclusive: High-Resolution iPhone 6 Pictures

Apple launch of the iPhone 6 is just around the corner, rumours of specifications leak up here and there and the Apple fans around the world get more and more excited. There has been another little leak, and one of our sources managed to get hold of these photos for us. We were the first with low-res pictures 2 weeks ago, and now we’re the first with high-res ones again.

This eTeknix exclusive will give all our Apple fans out there a tease on their new dream phone, and I’m sure you’re all loving it; Apple probably less. The phone is shown in all sorts of different covers and bumpers here, already giving you a great idea on how you can fit it to your personal style when it arrives.

Without further ado, here are the delicious photos, and this time in great resolution:

Will you be getting the iPhone 6 when it’s released on 9th September? More importantly, will you be waiting for the Phablet 5.5″ version instead? Let us know!

Win a Brand New Apple iPhone 6 with eTeknix!

The release of the latest handset from Apple is almost here and we’ve decided to give one lucky winner the chance to get their very own iPhone 6! The phone may still be pending a full reveal from Apple, but you all know as well as we do that it is coming, and it’ll be here very soon. The new phone will bring a wave of new features, faster performance, a bigger screen and revised ergonomics. It’s expected to be the fastest selling iPhone yet and we simply couldn’t ignore the fact that many of you will want one, so what better way to grab one of the best phones around than to try and get it for free!

Details are still a little thin for the new phones, but even we here at eTeknix have seen some sneaky pictures and countless information leaks about the handset, check them out here.

If you want a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is follow the instructions below (be sure to read the rules and regulations), it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition is open globally
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT exactly 7 days after the official retail release of the handset in the UK and winner(s) will be notified by the following Friday.
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
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eTeknix Exclusive: iPhone 6 Pictures

With the launch of the iPhone 6 due upon us very soon, rumours and mock-ups are appearing here there and everywhere, but as always; it’s hard to believe what is real and what is photo-shopped.

We had one of our sources send us exclusive never before seen images of the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple and thought “it would be rude not to share them with our readers”, right?

We can only apologise for the size of the images, as you can appreciate, our source didn’t have time to get their DSLR out and photo studio lights, as we’re pretty sure that Apple would have a major issue if they managed to find out where these pictures came from.

We have already asked our source for some pictures of the device turned on and am awaiting them as well as the possibility of a video.

For now, here are the exclusive images, so enjoy:

Will you be getting the iPhone 6 when it’s released on 9th September? More importantly, will you be waiting for the Phablet 5.5″ version instead? Let us know!

Apple Is Thought to Have Ordered between 70 – 80 Million next-gen iPhones

Sources of the Wall Street Journal say that Apple has made an enormous order for their next generation flagship model, the iPhone 6. The 70 – 80 million units made will be split between the two models. There is apparently going to be a 4.7 inch display model and a 5.5 inch display model, this is why the production will be divided.

If you compare these figures to order for Apple’s last phone, the iPhone 5c and 5s, you’ll see that there are about 20 million more on order. Last time around Apple ordered 50 – 60 million of the 5c and 5s phones and still come across shortages. My guess is that they want to eliminate this problem by guesstimating sales as the last model proved extremely popular.

Things have changed in the past year for Apple, with the company making a big deal with China Mobile, which has over 790 million subscribers on its network. We should expect Apple to make some considerable changes to the iPhone 6, in both the software and hardware departments.

I personally use android and don’t have time for Apple’s greedy corporate structure, soldering hardware onto other hardware so it’s un-fixable if it breaks, that kind of thing and won’t be buying this phone but many of you will I can imagine. So who out there is already looking at purchasing Apple’s next generation model?

Thanks to TweakTown for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of TweakTown.

iPhone 6 Specifications Revealed In Amazon Japan Listing

Amazon Japan have let slip what appear to be the official specifications of the Apple iPhone 6 by listing the item too early on the site. This wouldn’t be the first time Amazon has let product details slip, but given that Apple are yet to reveal much about the device, this is certainly a big whoops on their part.

The listing suggests that the new phone features a 4.7″ display, iOS8, 64GB of internal storage and the hint that the phone will also be available in a gold colour scheme. The holding image is of a black phone, but the title does say “Gold, 64GB.”

The holding page didn’t feature a price tag, but it was estimated by LoadTheGame that a mark-up of 139,999 Yen is to be expected, which is just over £800. This is obviously much more expensive than the 5S RRP, and it’s likely that the phone will come in a bit cheaper than that, but don’t hold your breath.

So we know what it looks like, we know most of the specifications and we have a rough idea of the price, now Apple just need to get on top of things and actually release the damn thing.

Are you looking forward to the new iPhone, or have you grown tired of the Apple handset? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you T3 for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of T3.