Mac|Life - News en The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, September 19 <!--paging_filter--><p>It was release week and that means we've got a round up of stories that are all about two things: new iPhones and new iOS. So let's not waste any more time. If you want a quick rundown of the who, what, where, and when, this is the tasty place to be.</p> Gallery News camera Foxconn ifixit iOS iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone camera iTunes Photography Tear Down U2 Unboxing Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:30:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20663 at Chipworks Confirms A8 iPhone 6 Processor From TSMC, Not Samsung <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/chipworks_a8_processor_620px.png" alt="Chipworks A8 processor" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>With patent lawsuits flying back and forth between Apple and Samsung, it was probably only a matter of time until Cupertino reduced its reliance on components from the Korean manufacturer — and that day seems to have arrived with the <a href="" target="_self">iPhone 6</a>.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Chipworks has spent the day</a> poring over components extracted from the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and has discovered that Apple's new smaller, more powerful A8 processor has actually been fabricated by someone other than Samsung.<br /><br />While the Korean electronics giant (and frequent Apple patent foe) has indeed manufactured previous-generation chips including the A7 found inside last year's iPhone 5s, rumors earlier this year leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 suggested that may no longer be the case.<br /><br />According to Chipworks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was responsible for the 20-nanometer A8 processor, which is physically smaller than the previous 28-nanometer chips, which requires less power despite actually running faster than the A7.<br /><br />Apple reportedly partnered with TSMC in an effort to put some distance between the iPhone maker and longtime component supplier Samsung, although future iOS devices are expected to aim for even smaller 14-nanometer chips, suggesting Cupertino may rely upon both TSMC and Samsung in the future.<br /><br />During last week's media event, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller claimed the A8 processor inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would offer a 25 percent boost in CPU performance, as well as a 50 percent increase in graphics performance when compared to the iPhone 5s.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Image courtesy of Chipworks)</em></p> News 64-bit processor A8 processor apple manufacturing Apple v. Samsung iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Phil Schiller Samsung TSMC iPhone Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:49:54 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20662 at Drop Your iPhone 6 — It Will (Probably) Survive <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/iphone_6_drop_test_620px.png" alt="iPhone 6 drop test" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>As you may have heard, the first iPhone 6 purchased from a retail store in Perth, Australia tumbled right out of its owner's hands this morning — but judging from the sheer number of drop tests being performed on Apple's latest smartphone, it's all good.<br /><br />PhoneBuff became the first to purchase the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday morning with the intention of dropping them on the concrete to test their durability, and <a href=";list=UUhYU73igK5wQhWAXPh3X8PA" target="_blank">posted the video evidence on YouTube</a> earlier this morning.<br /><br />In what has become an annual ritual, bloggers raced to be the first to buy the hottest iPhone only to torture it without mercy. As shown in a five-minute YouTube video, PhoneBuff's stunt ended with a cracked display when dropped on the concrete face-down, but the damage was minimal otherwise.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">The folks at Android Authority</a> became the second website to perform a drop test, and aside from a few scuffs, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came out largely unscathed — and more importantly, free of any damage to the screen.<br /><br />Check out both drop test videos embedded above and below, but be forewarned: This definitely falls under the "do not try this at home" category, and may result in readers clutching their iPhone just a little tighter than they did previously.</p><p><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Image courtesy of Android Authority)</em></p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> News australia cracked damages display drop test iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone Launch Retina HD Display YouTube iPhone Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:22:06 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20661 at iPhone 6 Unboxing <!--paging_filter--><p>The iPhone 6 just arrived at the MacLife offices, and we thought we'd film the historic occassion. (Be sure to check out our <a href="" target="_self">iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Buyer's Guide</a>!)</p><p><iframe src="//" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> News hands-on iphone 6 Unboxing iPhone Videos Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:28:44 +0000 Chris Slate 20660 at Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, September 19 <!--paging_filter--><p>With iOS 8's great new features, lots of apps are updating in your App Store (you may have even found the App Store hard to connect to lately). Some apps are just updating for the new OS and some are actively integrating the tools of the new OS, and some — best of all — are also cutting prices while integrating those tools. A fair share of this week's apps hit that sweet last category, but there are also plenty more sales that are just good deals anyway.</p> Gallery News 1Password App Life App Sales App Store Apps area 51 defense pro Chops Ahoy SinGer clear Deals frugal life Furniture for Minecraft gneo Gorilla Gondola Instapaper Instatext iRedstone Longform Mextures Minecraft Minecraft Explorer Pro Observer Pro Outliner price drops pwsafe sales Scanner Pro Shark Dash weekly deals Zombie Highway Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:12 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20658 at Morning Report: iPhone 6 Goes On Sale, iFixit Cracks Open iPhone 6 Plus <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/iphone_6_launch_australia_620px.png" alt="iPhone 6 launch in Sydney" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Happy iPhone 6 Day! The masses once again lined up around the globe in an effort to become one of the first to buy a new iPhone 6, and this year's winner certainly made an impression, as you'll see in today's Morning Report. We've also got the first details of an iFixit teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus, as well as a look at how Logitech plans to take on Apple's HomeKit. What are you waiting for? Click and dig in...</p><h3>First iPhone 6 Buyer Immediately Performs Impromptu Drop Test</h3><p>Consumers once again lined up in droves at retail stores around the globe for Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday. Thanks to the earlier time zone, Australia became the first country to swing their doors open for business, and the occasion was marked by the appearance of Apple senior vice president of retail Angela Ahrendts, who was on hand in Sydney to see it all go down.<br /><br />"Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney," <a href="" target="_blank">Ahrendts tweeted</a>, accompanied by the photo above showing some of her Apple retail minions getting ready to greet the crowd.<br /><br />As is typical with launch day hysteria, the media put a special focus on the first person to walk out of a retail store with an iPhone 6 in their hand. Today it was Jack Cooksey, <a href="" target="_blank">who quickly became best known for having butterfingers</a> as he attempted to unbox his new toy in front of a live news feed and promptly dropped it onto the sidewalk.<br /><br />“I dropped it in a panic to get it open,” Cooksey remarked following the incident. “Luckily it’s covered in plastic, so it’s fine.” Cooksey was the first of more than 200 consumers who camped out overnight in front of the Perth, Australia Apple Store.<br /><br /><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><h3>iFixit Guts iPhone 6 Plus, Finds Ginormous Battery Inside</h3><p>As part of a now annual ritual, <a href="" target="_blank">the gang at iFixit</a> was on hand for today's launch of the iPhone 6 in Australia, where the team of gadget surgeons managed to get their hands on one of the first iPhone 6 Plus models to land in the hands of consumers. And they did what they always do: Proceed to dismantle Apple's latest hardware to find out what makes it tick.<br /><br />Among the discoveries made by iFixit in the wee hours of Friday morning: Confirmation that the device does indeed come with only 1GB RAM, and to the surprise of almost no one, an enormous 2915mAh battery, which exactly matches that shown off in leaks in the weeks leading up to Apple's formal announcement last week.<br /><br />To put the size of this monster battery in perspective, it's far larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (1810mAh), and nearly double the size of the one inside the iPhone 5S (1560mAh), which explains why early reviewers noted the iPhone 6 Plus could go nearly two days without charging.</p><h3>Logitech Takes on HomeKit with Harmony Living Home Lineup</h3><p>Amidst the roar of iOS 8 and iPhone 6 this week, <a href="" target="_blank">Logitech introduced a new line of Harmony Living Home products</a>, stretching their wings from controlling home theater setups to entire homes. The lineup includes the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, which allows users to automate their home using nothing more than a smartphone or tablet, powering a wide range of hardware including televisions, set-top boxes, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades, and more.<br /><br />Logitech is also debuting the Home Hub in a bundle with two different remotes: Harmony Home Control offers a simple hardware remote, while the Harmony Ultimate Home features a bright 2.4-inch color touchscreen capable of controlling home automation devices as well as 15 home entertainment devices.<br /><br />Beginning September 21, Logitech and Best Buy are teaming up to offer existing Harmony remote owners the option to recycle their current product and upgrade to Harmony Ultimate Home at a $100 discount; the deal runs through November 1.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Angela Ahrendts Apple Inc. Apple Retail Stores australia drop test Harmony ifixit iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Logitech Morning Report iPhone Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:22:53 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20657 at iPhone 6 Spurs Spike in Trade-Ins of Android-Powered Devices <!--paging_filter--><p>It looks as though all those claims of former Android device users jumping ship for the iPhone 6 were true, after all. A new report from <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg </a>states that trade-ins for Samsung smartphones have tripled over at Gazelle, and that number may reach even higher. Indeed, the report states that almost a third of the the site's Android users plan to switch to Apple, with 39 percent reporting that the bigger screens are the deciding factor.</p><p>Sharyn Funamura, a lawyer in Berkeley, California, seems representative of the trend. Funamura had been loyal to Samsung and BlackBerry before that, but when Apple "finally addressed a lot of the reasons why I hadn’t bought an iPhone yet, then I just said, ‘OK, I bought your phone.'"</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/09/iphone6gray.jpg" width="620" height="254" /></p><p>Similar reports are coming in from analyst firm RBC, which claims that a whopping 26 percent of iPhone buyers are purchasing Apple's handset for the first time. And all this comes at a time when sales of Samsung's Galaxy S5 weren't nearly as strong as expected despite heavy marketing and product placement.</p><p>"We’re seeing a higher propensity to switch," said Chris Sullivan, CEO of Gazelle. Sullivan claims that the larger screen size and the improved functionality of the phone make a "strong and compelling product" that should lure many Android users over to Apple's orchard.</p><p>The phones themselves will be available starting tomorrow, September 19, although pre-order shipping times have already slipped to seven to 10 days for the iPhone 6 and a distressing three to four weeks for the iPhone 6 Plus. Want one but haven't pre-ordered? There's always a chance you could get one by visiting your local Apple Store — but watch out for those lines.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News android iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Samsung trade-in Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:58:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 20655 at Massive Improvements to Camera for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Detailed in Iceland Shoot <!--paging_filter--><p>The <a href="" target="_self">iPhone 6 and 6 Plus</a> may not have increased the megapixel count of the 5s, but a new report from professional photographer Austin Mann shows that the improvements are astonishing nonetheless. Mann, working in conjunction with <a href="" target="_blank">The Verge</a>, took the new iPhone and the 5s on a photography trip to Iceland recently to test out the differences and the strength of new features.</p><p>Focus Pixels, one of the most notable new features, shortens the time that it takes for the camera to autofocus on an object by processing more information about the image. That's especially good news for iPhone photographers wishing to shoot in low-light environments. Combine that with the new manual Exposure Control and Optical Image Stabilization (exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus), and as Mann shows, the results are nothing short of wonderful.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/09/iceland.jpg" width="620" height="344" /></p><p>"What I love most about these innovations is they focus on enabling iPhone users to better capture and share life rather than just beefing up tech specs," said Mann. "The Apple team clearly understands their user base very well and incessantly strives to create devices that solve technical challenges and simplify experiences and they've done that yet again with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus."</p><p>Mann also covers the new time-lapse feature of iOS 8, which he demonstrates by showing clouds sweeping across grassy Icelandic peaks. He also showcases the improved slow motion capabilities of iOS 8, which reduces the footage speed to 240 frames per second in iOS 8 from the 120 found in iOS 7.</p><p>Be sure to check out Mann's <a href="" target="_blank">entire review</a> here. It's worth a read as much for the imagery as for the information.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Austin Mann camera Focus Pixels iOS 8 iphone megapixel Photography Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:11:44 +0000 Leif Johnson 20654 at Morning Report: Apple Launches Privacy Website, Mavericks & Apple TV Updates <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_logo_silhouette_620px.png" alt="Apple logo in silhouette" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Does anyone else have a virtual hangover from downloading so many updates yesterday? iOS 8 has officially touched down on existing devices, and with it comes a renewed focus on security and user privacy, as outlined in today's Morning Report. We've also got details on the latest updates to Apple TV and OS X Mavericks, as well as how to say goodbye to iPhoto for iOS. Click and read!</p><h3>Apple Says iCloud Data Safe from Law Enforcement with iOS 8</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Apple published a letter from CEO Tim Cook on its website Wednesday</a>, outlining the iPhone maker's big push for user security and privacy. In an era where consumers freely give personal information to the likes of Google and Facebook, Cook offers a refreshing take on why Cupertino has no interest in going down that path.<br /><br />"Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products," Cook writes. "We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t 'monetize' the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple."<br /><br />Along with Cook's public letter, Apple has also published <a href="" target="_blank">a new privacy section of the website</a> with exhaustive details on the company's efforts to provide greater transparency on such issues. One section details how iOS 8 shields personal data — photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders — from government and law enforcement using a passcode which even Cupertino cannot bypass.<br /><br />"So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8," the <a href="" target="_blank">Government Information Requests section</a> of the privacy website explains.</p><h3>Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, Apple TV Updates</h3><p>Apparently not content to push out iOS 8 and updates for nearly all of its mobile apps on Wednesday, Apple also found the time to release <a href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks 10.9.5</a> yesterday evening, which will likely be the last such update prior to next month's OS X Mavericks 10.10. The brief release notes specifically mention improvements with the "reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication" as well as "accessing files located on an SMB server," and also includes Safari 7.0.6.<br /><br />Apple TV also received an update on Wednesday — but it only works on newer models of the hardware. The overall user interface now features icons with a flatter look more in line with iOS 7, plus it adds support for new iOS 8 features such as Family Sharing and iCloud Photos. Last but not least, a new Beats Music channel is also available — but sadly, only third-generation hardware will be treated to that new icon.</p><h3>Apple Support Documents Details iPhoto for iOS Demise</h3><p>Now that iOS 8 has finally arrived, the time has come to say goodbye to iPhoto for iOS, which is being put out to pasture in favor of iOS 8's own Photos app. <a href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">As noted in an Apple support document</a>, the first time users launch iPhoto on an iOS 8 device, they'll be asked to migrate data from the now-discontinued app to Photos, which will preserve any photos and image adjustments. Unfortunately, the transition means the loss of existing Photo Books, Web Journals, and Slideshows, which will be "converted into regular albums in Photos" without text or layouts. iPhoto for Mac will also meet its maker early next year when Apple releases a new Photos application for OS X.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Apple Inc. Apple TV iCloud iOS 8 iphoto for ios migration Morning Report OS X Mavericks privacy Software Updates Tim Cook iPad iPhone iPod Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:31:05 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20650 at Apple HealthKit Bug Derails Launch of iOS 8 Supported Apps <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/healthkit_and_homekit_620px.png" alt="HealthKit and HomeKit" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>With iOS 8 officially downloading to existing devices today, enthusiasm for Apple's central health system has been dampened by last-minute bugs that will push the arrival of compatible apps into late September.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> today reported</a> that Apple had problems launching its new HealthKit initiative alongside the release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, but engineers in Cupertino are "working quickly" to fix the issue with the next software update.<br /><br />HealthKit was unveiled at WWDC 2014 earlier this year, where Apple hailed the software as a central repository for a user's health and fitness data, which could be accessed (with permission) by doctors, third-party app developers, and hospitals.<br /><br />“We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today," Apple confirmed in a statement. "We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month."<br /><br />One significant spoke in the HealthKit wheel is the built-in Health app, which appears not to have been affected by the bug and now appears on any device updated to iOS 8. Using the Health app, users can track their weight, caffeine intake, and other data, although existing software is limited by the absence of third-party apps that tie directly into it.<br /><br />For now, the delay means device owners on iOS 8 will have fewer options for collecting health data using connected wearables or other sensors, outside of those already built into the iPhone and its motion coprocessor.<br /><br />HealthKit isn't the only missing functionality marring today's iOS 8 release: While iCloud Drive is available, turning the feature on eliminates the possibility of syncing iCloud data with the current version of OS X Mavericks; instead, Apple requires OS X Yosemite, which is expected to be released next month.<br /><br />The long-awaited iCloud Photo Library is also available, but only as a beta, meaning users may or may not run across bugs or other glitches between now and the time Apple finally drops the beta tag.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News app developers Apple Inc. Bugs fitness Health HealthKit iCloud iCloud Drive iOS 8 Software Updates supported apps iPad iPhone iPod Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:48:13 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20648 at