Mac|Life - All Articles en iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Review <!--paging_filter--><p>There are countless other reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus online, many of which laboriously compare each and every tech spec to all the other phones on the market. If you’d like to delve into an especially thorough point-by-point examination, I recommend <a href="" target="_blank">this 11-page opus</a> from our sister site TechRadar. In light of that, I’m going to skip the tech talk and get straight to the point: iPhone 6 is awesome. Shocker, huh? Wait, I’ve got another one for you: it’s the best iPhone ever made. Gasp!</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/iphone6_review_0.png" width="620" height="145" /></p><p>Neither statement should come as a surprise, since every iPhone has been better than the last. As you would expect, the iPhone 6 takes better pictures, has a faster processor, is thinner, etc. None of these areas show <em>drastic</em> improvement, but they’re noticeably better. Like I said, all of this is what you’d expect from a new iPhone, so I’m going to focus on what you can’t predict as easily; what — when it comes down to it — matters most: how it feels to hold and operate in everyday use.</p><p>The biggest changes with this year’s models are size and shape. The iPhone 6 Plus has clearly made the biggest jump in this area, but even the standard 4.7-inch model feels a lot larger in the hand than previous versions. That’s because this is the first iPhone that can’t be entirely operated in one hand. Your thumb can almost reach the opposite top corner, but you need to shift your grip to do so. It’s totally workable, even if using the phone this way isn’t quite as comfortable as before, and I’m pretty sure the trade-off is worth it. I’ll have to live with the phone a little longer to be sure, but I think it will be hard to go back to the smaller screen once I’m used to iPhone 6; my 5s already seems small to me now.</p><p>The extra screen space is not only prettier and easier to look at, but it is sometimes used to fit in some extra functionality. The Home screen, for example, has room for an extra row of apps. And when held sideways, the keyboard gains two new columns of keys that include arrow keys, an undo button, and quick access to periods and commas. Or if simply seeing your phone better is the priority, you can select Zoom view in Settings to blow everything up.</p><p>Screen size is ultimately the only thing you need to look at when considering iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — do you want a bigger screen, and if so, how big do you want it? The Plus has a couple unique selling points: optical image stabilization for photos and videos, and select apps that more closely resemble their iPad counterparts with split-screen view or a few extra onscreen details. But for me, I have to be able to fit a phone in my pocket. The regular iPhone 6 has plenty of room in my loose jeans pocket, but the Plus pokes out a little when I sit down. It’s the perfect size for a purse, though.</p><p>To be honest, neither phone is a real game-changer. In fact, varying competing phones could give you a bigger screen, higher resolution, longer battery life, or a faster processor. But none of those phones do it all; they each have at least one significant flaw, whereas Apple’s devices are at least “great” in every area. Plus, they run iOS 8, a massive advantage over Android or anything else in my book.</p><p>The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is a lovely phone, but if you’re not yet eligible for an upgrade, I wouldn’t sweat it. The Plus is probably more compelling if you’ve been waiting for Apple to enter the phablet race. There really isn’t anything significant to complain about with either, so if you’re able to upgrade, treat yourself and enjoy life.</p><p><em>Be sure to check out our <a href="" target="_self">iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Buyer's Guide</a>, plus our list of <a href="" target="_self">50 iOS 8 Tips and Tricks</a>.</em></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $199/$299 for 16GB, $299/$399 for 64GB, $399/$499 for 128GB, all with a two-year contract </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Specs:</strong> A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor, 4.7-inch/5.5-inch 1334x750/1920x1080 Retina display, dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 8-megapixel 1080p iSight camera with LED flash, 1.2-megapixel 720p FaceTime camera, Lightning port. Includes Lightning-to-USB cable, USB charger, and Apple EarPods.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>The extra display sizes make everything better. Slimmer, sexier tech. No more need to "go Android" for a phablet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>One-handed operation takes a hit with the standard model; forget it with the plus. Even the 4.7-inch version is a little harder to pocket.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews Apple iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone Hardware Review iPhone Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:01:33 +0000 Chris Slate 20664 at 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 Ask: Massive iMovie Library Size <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll figure out what to do when you have a mysteriously large iMovie library for no apparent reason.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I make a bunch of videos for my kids’ sports teams using iMovie on my Mac. After I complete the projects and share the video, I delete the project and events in iMovie (the ’11 version). But in the Finder it still shows that my library is 176GB; I checked everywhere I can see and there are no files in iMovie. How do I get that size down?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>In order to completely remove iMovie projects and original footage in the events library, you need to right-click (or control + click) on the project and choose the “Move Project to Trash” option. This will remove the project from iMovie and place it in the Trash where it can later be deleted from your Mac completely by emptying the Trash.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/imovielib_620.png" width="620" height="562" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>You’ll need to manually specify iMovie projects for deletion.</strong></span></p><p>If you’ve already removed the iMovie projects and events without deleting them, you can still remove the existing Events and Projects by using the Finder. To do this, follow these steps:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1.</strong> In the Finder, choose Home from the Go menu.</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Open the Movies folder.</p><p><strong>3.</strong> Find the “iMovie Events” and “iMovie Projects” folders and drag them to the trash.</p><p>If your iMovie projects and events are stored on an external hard drive, just open your external hard drive, then find the “iMovie Events” and “iMovie Projects” folders and drag them to the trash. That’s all there is to it!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask file size iMovie memory tip trick Mac How-Tos Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:22:21 +0000 Cory Bohon 20659 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 Deals: It's Giveaway Madness! Enter to Win a Macbook Air, iPhone 6, or Canon DSLR <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>What's better than adding a new piece of awesome tech to your collection? Not having to pay for it, that's what! No, we aren't advocating you go out and ransack your local tech supplier. Instead, enter to win one of the great giveaways taking place right now in our Deals tab. You can win a Canon DSLR, MacBook Air, or iPhone 6.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u323895/macbookair_0.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p>All you have to do to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">win a free MacBook Air</a>&nbsp;is head over to our&nbsp;Deals tab, enter your email address, and cross your fingers. If you want to increase your odds a bit, you can do so by sharing the link on Twitter and Facebook or by purchasing the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Bundle</a>. It contains ten great apps for one low price, and they'll look and work great on your new MacBook Air!</p><p>What are you waiting for?&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Enter to win</a>&nbsp;a MacBook Air today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/rebelt3.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">You can get great photos off your camera phone, but it's nothing compared to what you'll capture with the Rebel T3. The DSLR camera from Canon features a 12.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor and a Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor that will produce amazing images. If you're worried that it's all over your head, you'll pick up the skills to get great pictures with this equipment in no time with the help of great e-learning courses to teach you the proper practices.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Want to snap some amazing photos with a fresh, new camera? Enter to win the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Rebel T3 DSLR camera</a>&nbsp;right now from our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>. Share on social media for more chances to win, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">spread the word</a>&nbsp;and increase your odds!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/iphone6giveaway.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>We know the iPhone 6 comes in two sizes--the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus--and you can take your pick as to which you'd like if you're the winner of the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway. No matter which smartphone you choose, you'll be getting the latest and greatest that Apple has to offer and will be able to enjoy all the new features of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. If you win the giveaway to make your purchase with the $600 Apple gift card, you'll be guaranteed to be satisifed.</p><p>You can enter to win an iPhone 6 in the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway</a>&nbsp;taking place right now in our Deals tab. All you have to do is register and click the "Enter Now" button. Share the link on Twitter and Facebook--the more friends and followers that enter the contest, the better your odds are. It's too good an opportunity to pass up, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">get in on this giveaway</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20634 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 4 Tips for Installing iOS 8 <!--paging_filter--><p>A lot of Apple fans have already upgraded to iOS 8 following the recent release of Apple's latest mobile operating system, but for those of you that haven't, here are a few quick tips to make the experience easier.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>1. Backup Your iOS Device!</h3><p>Theoretically it's perfectly safe to upgrade your operating system, but you never know when something is going to go wrong. Connect your iOS device to iTunes on your computer and perform a full backup by pressing the "Back Up Now" button before you begin the upgrade process. If the worst happens, it could save you a lot of heartbreak. Should something go wrong, you'll just have to restore your iOS device from the backup to get things running again, and you won't lose any of your precious photos in the process.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/step1.png" width="620" height="183" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>2. Upgrade via iTunes</h3><p>While you're already in iTunes on your computer, you might as well use it to perform the system update. For one thing, this method tends to be more reliable than updating your iPhone or iPad over the air; for another, it means you won't have to clear out nearly 6GB of free space on your device to perform the installation (which can be especially important if you have a 16GB device). After selecting your iOS device in iTunes, press the Check for Update button, then press "Download" or "Download and Update" to begin the upgrade process. If you choose "Download," you'll be able to come back later to finish the actual installation process.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/step2b.png" width="620" height="352" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>3. Software Update</h3><p>If you don't want to (or can't) go through iTunes on your computer, you can do it through the settings menu on your iOS device. A lot of people wait to update until they receive a notification from Apple (expect one soon if you haven't receieved one already), but you don't have to wait until then. Just go to Settings &gt; General &gt; Software Update. Your device will check for updates and then allow you to perform the upgrade.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/step3.png" width="620" height="458" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>4. If You Have an Older Device, Wait!</h3><p>iOS 8 should work great if you have a newer Apple device. But if you have an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2, you should probably hold off for now. iOS 8 is not optimized for older devices, and is likely to give you a notable big performance hit. Hopefully, Apple will improve performance for these devices with a future update.</p> iOS iOS 8 iTunes Tips tricks update upgrade iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:22:28 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20656 at