At long last, it’s the official launch day for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which means that the rumors for Apple’s next batch of phones should start popping up in, oh, a week. In the meantime, we’ve got some news on how the phone doesn’t bend and shoots great videos (yay) and how you’ll need a subscription to use Microsoft Office on the upcoming iPad Pro (boo). Oh, and Aaron Sorkin really doesn’t like what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the movie he wrote the screenplay for.
All right, let’s get this one out of the way — no, the iPhone 6s Plus doesn’t bend as “easily” as the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple used stronger 7000 series aluminum and strengthened the weaker points of the shell, which means that we likely won’t see another “Bendgate” this year.
The video that started it all last year came from Unbox Therapy, but today’s video comes from FoneFox (also on YouTube), where they subjected the iPhone 6s Plus to the same bend-the-device-over-your-thumbs test from last year.
Not only did the latest phone survive what seems to be the same force, the narrator also shows that the phone actually sprang back in place after enduring the punishment. FoneFox did, in fact, get the iPhone 6s Plus to bend, but only by bringing in a second person. FoneFox readily admitted, though, that the device is unlikely to see this kind of force in your pocket.
Last month Unbox Therapy itself managed to get its hands on one of the shells for the then-unreleased iPhone 6s, but even without the internal components installed, its findings mirrored those of FoneFox.
If you’re more interested in what the iPhone 6s Plus’ 4K-capable camera actually does, check out the video below. It’s a short documentary called “The Painter of Jalouzi,” and it was shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. And the results are astounding.
Filmmakers David Darg and Bryn Mooser shot the documentary for Ryot.org, and they had this to say:
“In a relatively short amount of time, we went from terrible pixelated phone photos, to this, which is just as good as cameras that cost tens of thousands of dollars,” Darg said. “When we heard the new iPhone would shoot in 4K, we thought about what we could shoot that would really demonstrate the power of the resolution. Jalouzi is so visually impacting. The mountainside is full of detail and color, so it’s the ultimate test of a camera’s ability. Plus, we’ve been wanting to tell the story for a long time.”
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs film has already received numerous accolades ahead of its October 23 wide release date, but Apple CEO Yim Cook lightly criticized the film (and others) as “opportunistic” during his recent interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin doesn’t exactly agree with that, to put it lightly.
“Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin said, afterwards noting that Cook should see the movie before making any judgements. But it gets even more harsh than that.
“Third,” Sorkin said, “if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone ‘opportunistic.’”
Yowza. Cook has got to see that as a heavy blow, especially considering all the measures Apple has taken to improve lives at the factories where many of its parts are made (and those of its competitors) since he assumed leadership. Cook, who has made it his mission to make Apple a “force for good,” may have a hard time letting such a comment roll off his back. Still, Sorkin is right about one thing — Cook acknowledged in his Colbert interview that he hadn’t actually seen any of the new films.
On the other hand, Cook has read the Walter Isaacson biography on which Sorkin’s screenplay is based, and in an interview with Fast Company Cook branded it a “tremendous disservice” to Jobs and that “The person I read about there was somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time.”
Microsoft won a lot of goodwill from the Apple community recently when it announced that Office apps for the iPad and iPhone were now free for both viewing and editing, but as Ars Technica reports, it seems that won’t be the case for the upcoming iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch screen is just too big, claims the Redmond, Washington giant.
The company means that literally. Microsoft has a 10.1-inch screen size limit for access to the free viewing and editing features, which wasn’t a problem for the 9.7-inch iPad Air and the 7.9-inch iPad mini. To enjoy the iPad Pro’s big picture, unfortunately, you’re going to need to purchase an Office 365 subscription.
If you’re still interested after that, Microsoft offers Office 365 Personal for one person for .99 a year or .99 per month, and then there’s its five-person Office 365 Home plan for .99 per year or .99 per month. Both services allow access to Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access for PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
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It’s that time of year again — the time when thousands of people worldwide brave the cold or heat and camp outside of Apple Stores for the new iPhones. And this time, someone’s even sent a robot of sorts in her place. Elsewhere, a National Geographic photographer shows what the iPhone 6s Plus can do when he takes it on assignment instead of his usual photography equipment.
The Apple retail experience has changed a lot in the last few years, but for better or worse, people still camp out in lines by the dozen at various stores in order to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhones. This year, though, the biggest lines appear to be overseas.
So far the most notable sitter can be found at the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. According to Mashable, media agency executive Lucy Kelly of the Atomic 212 has set up a telepresence robot at the fourth spot in line that takes her place while she’s free to attend to her duties at work. The contraption is essentially an iPad attached to an Segway-type device, and Kelly apparently even hopes that she’ll be able to buy the iPod with the device without any real human interaction.
According to Kelly, the other people waiting in line aren’t too bothered by it.
“Everyone thinks it is pretty cool,” Kelly said. “They were happy to let a robot go ahead.”
So far, the biggest lines appear to be in Germany, where the Munich store has installed temporary rows for those waiting to purchase their phones (via Martin Gollwitzer and Lana Lee). In Hamburg (via Daniel Knott) the crowd of waiting customers is so thick that they’re taking up almost the entire sidewalk.
While comparatively tame, things are still getting a little crazy over here in the States. In Little Rock, Arkansas, for instance, a Twitter user named Stephen has set up his Xbox One in front of the local Apple Store, where he’s been playing the game Destiny since Monday (and, oddly, even getting uncut pizza from Domino’s).
It’s true that good photography ultimately comes from the photographer, not his or her equipment, but it’s hard to argue that good equipment doesn’t help make that vision all the more beautiful. As for National Geographic photographer Mark Leong, he’s finding that the new iPhone 6s Plus is doing a great job of replacing his former heavy, clunky equipment.
Source: National Geographic
Leong’s most recent assignment sent him to Sanjiang in China, where he revisited sites from the 1989 trip that led to his becoming a professional photographer. The difference is that he was only allowed to take an iPhone 6s Plus this time, but with the help of a tripod and Cogitap’s Slow Shutter Cam app, that didn’t prove a problem (particularly with the camera’s new 12 megapixel sensor).
In fact, he found that not having to lug along all that extra equipment “incredibly liberating.” Back in the ’80s, Leong carried eight pounds of Kodak film with him, along with two Nikon cameras and three lenses. You can check out the results from Leong’s impressive journey over at National Geographic.
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It’s a happy day for one lucky teen in Massachusetts — not only was his life probably saved by his Apple Watch’s heart monitor, but he also now has an amazing offer from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Elsewhere, the pope’s visit to New York City and Philadelphia may force some iPhone preorder customers to wait an extra day for their devices, and Apple has already released a patch for the infant iOS 9.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have yet to officially hit shelves, but Apple has already released a new patch for iOS 9 that fixes several bugs. It’s officially called iOS 9.0.1, and you can download it through your iPhone or iPad as an over-the-air update via the Settings app.
Apple’s official announcement of the patch focuses on four key issues. As of the new update, users should no longer have problems completing the setup assistant while downloading iOS 9, and they should no longer have to worry about alarms and timers failing to play.
In addition, pausing videos in Safari and Photos should no longer cause the paused frame to look distorted, and users with a custom APN setup should no longer lose cellular data.
On the whole, those are some pretty significant bugs, so it’s probably a good idea to download the patch soon if you already have iOS 9 installed. And if all goes well, those are four fewer headaches that the Cupertino company has to worry about when their next big release hits in a couple of days.
The Apple Watch may not focus on health to the extent that the earliest rumors claimed it would, but the features that it does have are already saving lives and leading to happy endings. Take the case of 17-year-old Paul Houle of Massachusetts, who noticed last week that his Apple Watch was telling him that his heart rate was still 145 two hours after football practice. The readings promoted Houle to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle-injury condition that releases a harmful toxin into the heart, liver, and kidneys.
“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there,” Houle told Cape Cod.com on Friday. “I’m very grateful for that heart rate monitor.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook learned about the incident over the weekend, and as CBS Local in San Francisco reports, he personally called Houle and told him that he’s offering him one of the brand new iPhones and (much, much better) a sunny summer internship to Apple next year.
Not too shabby, especially considering that Business Insider reported earlier this year that Apple interns make around ,700 per month along with the potential for overtime pay.
Of all the things that could delay an iPhone launch, the pope probably seems relatively low on the list. But that’s just what Apple believes several zip codes in Philadelphia and New York City will be facing on Thursday and Friday when the pontiff visits the cities. In anticipation of the related delays, Apple is sending out messages to pre-order customers who might be affected.
Source: The Independent
One of the first to share the message was Gawker writer Sam Biddle, who showed in a tweet that his iPhone may not be ready for pickup on Friday on account of “traffic restrictions.” (Biddle didn’t seem too bothered by the announcement, as his accompanying commentary read “LOL COOL ”.) Apple told Biddle and other users that it would make Saturday deliveries if their phones weren’t ready for pickup by September 25.
If you happen to live in New York City or Philadelphia, here is a list of the affected zip codes:
New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029
Philadelphia: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147
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