They came, they saw, they purchased! At this writing, Apple hasn't yet posted sales figures for the iPhone 6 launch weekend, but judging from the long lines, we're guessing they'll have plenty to brag about in addition to the four million preorders racked up more than a week ago. Today's Morning Report kicks off with a look at new LTE enhancements from Verizon, out-of-warranty repair costs for the latest handsets, and how Windows users have an edge over Mac (for now).
Some owners of the iPhone 5 have been experiencing trouble with the device's battery, and Apple today launched a replacement program to remedy the problem. Apple claims that the faulty devices were sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 and suffer from shorter battery life and the need for frequent charges.
With the rumored iWatch apparently on the horizon, health and fitness appears to be on the mind of many developers, including WebMD, who launched a new health improvement program this week as part of their free iPhone app. Much like the upcoming iOS 8 Health app, WebMD can now work with biometric devices such as Fitbit or UP by Jawbone to gather data, create goals, and stay healthy. As it turns out, we've got a bit more on that very subject in our Thursday recap as well...
Lately some iPhone 5 users have had issues getting the Sleep/Wake buttons on the top of their devices to work, and today Apple announced that it's willing to fix the problem with no cost to the user. Apple claims that the problem only affects a "small percentage" of the devices, but the Cupertino company also provided a support page that determines if you qualify for the free support.
The iPhone 5s and 5c had an astonishingly successful launch, but that hasn't stopped some critics such as Catherine Rampell of the New York Times from making dramatic claims about their perceived lack of repairability. As Cult of Mac points out, however, the iPhone 5s and 5c are actually "super repairable," but only if you bring them into your local Genius Bar.
Looks like Apple's living up to all those promises about lower repair costs, after all. Today MacRumors relayed a tip from one of its sources that Apple has already started to replace broken Phone 5 screens at its retail locations rather than switching out entire devices for refurbished units. The replacements cost $149 for customers without AppleCare, which comes as a savings for both consumers and Apple.