The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available SIM-free in Apple’s online store, allowing potential customers to buy an unlocked iPhone with no carrier attached. The new option was first spotted by MacRumors forum member Ternary. On its website, Apple explains the differences between a regular iPhone and a SIM-free one.
The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn’t come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s. And because it’s unlocked, it isn’t tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.
Purchasing a SIM-free iPhone means that customers have to pay for the full price of the device upfront. It’s ideal for customers who want to avoid multi-year commitments with carriers or for travelers who want to easily be able to switch to local carriers when traveling abroad. The SIM-free iPhone 6s is model A1633 while the iPhone 6s Plus is model A1634.
Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase in Taiwan, marking the start of the second wave iPhone launch. Beginning October 9, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability is expanding to more than 40 countries, the bulk of which are in Europe. In each country, Apple retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and local carriers will begin offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as retail locations begin opening in the morning.
A full list of countries where the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available as October 9 rolls around is below:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan
Locations in Taiwan recently began selling the new iPhones, with some customers that having waited in line for more than 60 hours to get one of the first available phones in the country (via TechBang).
Customers line up for the iPhone 6s in Taiwan, via TechBang
In several of the countries where the iPhone 6s launch is still a few hours off, customers are already lining up. In Copenhagen and Sweden, customers are waiting outside Telia stores to get an iPhone. In Russia, customers have the option to get their iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices delivered via taxi, and in Italy, customers are waiting in line at the Apple Store in Campi Bizenzio as a fundraiser for a pediatric hospital.
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Following today’s launch, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability will also be expanding to additional countries as part of third, fourth, and fifth wave launches set to take place on October 10, October 16, and October 23.
– October 10: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
– October 16: India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey
– October 23: Belarus, Guam, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine
In a recent press release announcing opening weekend iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales of more than 13 million, Apple said the company will bring the new iPhones to more than 130 countries by the end of the year.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales will expand to several additional countries on October 23 as part of a fourth wave launch, with the device becoming available in Serbia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, and Guam.
There are no Apple retail locations in those countries, but various Apple Reseller Stores and carriers will begin offering the two new iPhones on that date.
Starting tomorrow, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales are expanding to more than 40 additional countries around the world. Currently, the devices are only available in first wave launch countries that include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States.
Launches in various countries will happen on the following dates:
- October 9: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan
- October 10: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
- October 16: India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey
- October 23: Belarus, Guam, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will continue to expand to additional countries throughout 2015, as Apple has said it plans to make the two devices available in more than 130 countries by the end of the year.
I definitely say dunking your hand into the toilet to retrieve a smartphone is a much more exciting feat, but I guess getting some help from a dolphin is pretty cool too! This is exactly what happened to Miami Heat cheerleader Teressa Cee.
After taking a trip to the Bahamas to “swim & shake” with dolphins, Cee’s phone managed to end up deep inside the dolphins’ residence (inside the water). The trainer then asked the dolphin to retrieve it, a request to which Cacique (the dolphin) was happy to oblige.
Truly, it’s fascinating to see, but a geek will do much more than just witness the beauty that these creatures are. Did you notice that was an iPhone? It surely didn’t survive the few seconds underwater! Even Teressa said: “Oh my god! So cute… thanks! It’s never gonna work again, but thanks!”.
Sure enough, the phone seems to have been deemed unusable, something that wouldn’t be the case if she had one of those awesome waterproof phones we find more often in the Android side of things. Someone has to go tell this girl about them Sony Xperia smartphones! Especially if she will continue playing around in the water. And seeing that these are Miami Heat cheerleaders we are talking about, this is very likely.
Here are some devices that are waterproof:
- Sony Xperia Z5
- Sony Xperia Z4
- Sony Xperia Z3+
- Kyocera Hydro Elite
- HTC Desire Eye
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
And just in case you are curious, here is a video of everything that went on during this trip to the Bahamas!
Live and learn, right? While having a bare-bottomed phone looks great, with one or two catastrophes under your belt, you may not be going commando again any time soon. This is especially true if you have a high-end handset like Apple’s iPhone 6s. That’s where companies like Spigen come in, to wrap your precious pocket computer in a slim, secure shell. The Neo Hybrid line of cases boasts upgraded polycarbonate frames with extra protection where it’s needed. Both the classic version and the Carbon offer military-grade protection, while the Ex provides a clear, flexible shell to show off your phone’s styling. This week’s giveaway pairs both an iPhone 6s (16GB, GSM, T-mobile) with a collection of Spigen’s protective cases to keep it safe and sound. Just head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning.
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With certain exceptions, most iOS-focused malware targets jailbroken devices whose compromised security makes them easy prey. However, there’s been concerns that a recent strain of malware, YiSpecter, can attack even ‘pure’ devices running stock iOS. Do you have to worry about catching a bug online and losing control over your device? Probably not, if you ask Apple. In a statement to The Loop, the company notes that it not only fixed the vulnerability with iOS 8.4, but blocked the apps handing out the offending code. The victims downloaded apps from “untrusted sources” (that is, outside of the App Store) Cupertino adds. In short, Apple believes this is a non-issue as long as you install updates and stay cautious — and given that more than half of its users are already running iOS 9, it might be right.
Source: The Loop
Such an eventful week! Besides NASA finding water on Mars, Apple releasing El Capitan and Experian exposing data on 15 million T-Mobile users, we saw journeys of unprecedented distance. And don’t forget these impressive iPhone battery life savings thanks to ad blockers, or this soul-crushing Super Mario Bros. editor.
Since the iPhone became available for purchase on September 25, a growing number of former iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users who transferred their content to their new devices via iCloud are experiencing a display bug that causes certain apps to look zoomed in on the iPhone 6s screen.
Users on both the Apple Support communities and the MacRumors forum have run into this issue, and we’ve also received a number of emails from customers who are affected. The problem appears to be primarily associated with the Wallet, Weather, Watch, Calculator, and Health apps, causing some data to be cut off at the edges of the screen. It seems to happen when an iPhone 5/5c/5s running iOS 9 is backed up to iCloud and then restored to an iPhone 6s.
I just got my iPhone 6s today and tried loading credit cards into the Wallet app only to find that the view (for lack of a better word) is zoomed-in, essentially cutting the sides off of my cards and passes. While this does not affect the functionality of the credit cards and ApplePay, it does create a problem managing passes. It cuts off the toggle button for each pass, allowing me to delete it.
I’ve tried restarting and nothing. I don’t feel like restoring the software on a phone I just got moments ago. Anyone else seeing this problem?
As can be seen in the screenshots below, credit cards and passes stored in the Wallet app are cut off at the sides, preventing them from being displayed properly. Wallet is one of the apps where the zoom problem is most prevalent because it prevents people from deleting cards.
Turning on the Display Zoom feature in the Settings app causes Wallet to appear normal, but it leaves the rest of the iPhone zoomed in. It works as a temporary solution to give users the ability to manage their cards in the app, but it is not a suitable permanent fix. Quitting apps and restarting the iPhone do not appear to solve the problem.
Several users who have contacted Apple have been told that the company is working on a fix, but the problem was not resolved in either iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2. One thread from the MacRumors forum suggests this is potentially an iOS 9 bug that has existed since before the operating system was released. Some users running the iOS 9.1 beta 3 update say the problem is fixed, so a solution may be coming with iOS 9.1.
Ahead of a fix, Wallet can be accessed using the Display Zoom feature as outlined above. Apple Store employees appear to be suggesting customers set their iPhones up as new devices as a solution, but users who do not want to have go through the hassle of setting up a new device might want to hold off until iOS 9.1 is released.
Apple recently brought its first app to the Play Store, Move to iOS. It’s a simple app — you have both your Android and iOS device on the same WiFi network and you begin transferring all of your Android data to iOS seamlessly!
In the spirit of that, we’ve constructed a handy guide on doing exactly the opposite. We want to help our friends currently stuck on iOS move their data to Android. For those of you that are wanting to make the switch from an iPhone to one of the new Nexus devices or anything other Android device we’ve got you covered!
First, a quick mention about moving apps from iOS to Android.
As you know, apps on iOS cannot be transferred to Android. In some cases, you won’t be able to find the same applications you have on iOS available on Android, either. If you do by chance find the same applications you use on Android, it’s worth looking through the app’s settings on both iOS and Android. In the case of Clash of Clans, it takes advantage of the cloud so that you can transfer all of your Clash of Clans data from iOS to the Android app using your Google account and other methods.
If that isn’t the case, chances are Android has an app that will do what you need it to do. The scale of the Play Store is massive; it’d be quite surprising if there wasn’t an app available for what you need.
While apps from iOS cannot be transferred to Android, almost all of the rest of your data can be!
Photos are relatively easy to transfer over to Android. The best and most seamless way is to download Google Photos from the App Store. Open the app to begin configuring it. You can choose whether to save them in High Quality or Full Resolution. High Quality may be your only option depending on how many photos you need to save to the cloud. Google Photos allows unlimited storage for saving in High Quality. Choosing Full Resolution will limit the amount of storage supplied by Google.
Now you can download the Google Photos application on your Android device and access all of the photos that were once only on your iPhone. If you so choose, you can download them directly from the cloud as well.
The alternative option is to plug your iPhone into your computer, open your File Manager on the desktop, select your iPhone and head into Internal Storage > DCIM (the process is very similar on OS X). You can copy all of the folders containing your pictures to your desktop from here. Next, unplug your iPhone and plug in your Android device.
Select and copy all of the photos inside the folder you copied over to your computer. Next, in your File Explorer, select your Android device, and go to Internal Storage > DCIM. Finally, paste all of the copied photos into the Camera folder.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully copied all of your iPhone-taken photos to your Android device. The great thing about this method is that you’re copying your images in their full resolution to your Android device over having a potential serious drop in quality by doing it through Google Photos.
Text messages are a hit or miss when transferring from iOS to Android. However, there is a method available that’s seen a lot of success, but doesn’t seem to work all of the time. First, plug your iPhone into your computer, open iTunes, and back it up. Once the backup is complete, we’ll need to do some digging in your computer’s File Explorer for the following file:
Open your computer’s File Explorer and the file will be located in users > username > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > Mobile Sync on Windows or user > Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup on Mac. These easiest way to locate the file is to copy and paste into your File Explorer’s search bar. After that, just copy and paste it to your Android device’s local storage or microSD card — whichever your preference is.
Next, you’ll need to download a handy Android application called iSMS2droid from the Play Store. Open the app, select “iPhone SMS Database.” On the next screen, make sure “All Text Messages” is selected so that everything is converted over to an XML file.
Now, head back into the Play Store and download another app called SMS Backup & Restore. Once installed, open the app and select “Restore.” Finally, locate the XML file created by iSMS2droid and select “Restore All Messages.” Once it finishes the process, all of your iPhone messages have been successfully moved over to your new Android device!
The iPhone will let you transfer contacts but only one a time. That can be a time-consuming process if you have a lot of people in your address book. Luckily, there’s an application available in the App Store called My Contacts Backup that will speed up the process.
Once downloaded, open the app and simply select “Backup.” This backs up all of the current contacts on your iPhone. Once the process is finished, select “Email” to attach the newly created VCF file to be sent to your email. Send the email with the file to your Gmail account. Finally, open the email on your Android device and download the VCF file. This will begin importing the contacts into your new phone.
Your Android device should now have all of the pertinent information you had on your old iPhone.
Even with many applications available to help ease the arduous task of transferring all of your data over to your new Android device, it’s still a time-consuming process. But it’s much quicker than manually entering in all of your old contacts and less disappointing than losing all your text messages and photos.
Are you moving from the iPhone to another Android device? Be sure to let us know which one and why in the comments below!
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Now that Apple is blurring the lines between its mobile tablets and PCs with the iPad Pro, it’s tempting to imagine iOS and OS X merging into a single operating system (Windows 10-style) that works on virtually every device the company makes. You’ll want to put any such ideas on hold, though. In a chat with Box’s Aaron Levie, Apple chief Tim Cook dismissed the prospects of unifying iOS and OS X. It “subtracts from both,” he said, arguing that you “don’t get the best experience from either.” This isn’t a completely new idea from Apple (it once explained in detail why OS X doesn’t have touch), but it’s clear that Cook doesn’t feel any pressure to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps on this front.
Not that Cook and crew are giving Microsoft and its ideas the cold shoulder — just the opposite, in fact. The exec said he doesn’t believe in “holding grudges” against Apple’s frequent rival, and that the two tech giants can “partner on more things” than they compete in. Witness the slew of iOS-friendly Office updates that were unveiled in tandem with the iPad Pro and iOS 9, for example. The enterprise crowd, Cook adds, would rather see Apple and Microsoft collaborating than fighting.
On that note, the CEO contended that Apple isn’t nearly as work-phobic as it used to be. The company is big on enterprise deals (it made $25 billion in enterprise revenue in the space of a year), and that there’s no real distinction these days between personal and office-focused devices. You don’t buy enterprise smartphones any more than you buy enterprise cars, he said. We’re sure that BlackBerry won’t be happy with that last statement, but it’s hard to dispute — with occasional exceptions, software is the only thing distinguishing an off-the-shelf smartphone from a locked-down corporate handset.
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