With the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus now available to customers, Apple has updated its support information to include U.S. repair pricing for the two devices. While all new devices include a standard one year warranty that can be extended with AppleCare+, the standard warranty does not cover accidental damage.
Repairs for screen damage, which includes cracked or shattered displays, will cost $109 for the iPhone 6 and $129 for the iPhone 6 Plus, along with a $6.95 shipping fee.
Accidental damage (water damage, for example) or out-of-warranty damage to an iPhone will require users to pay a fee of $299 for the iPhone 6 or $329 for the iPhone 6 Plus, along with the $6.95 shipping fee. That’s far more affordable than the cost of a new device, but it is still more expensive than iPhone 5s repairs, which are priced at $269.
Apple also quotes a $79 flat fee for a battery replacement, but devices that have a defective battery will be eligible for free repairs for the entirety of the one year warranty that comes standard with iOS devices.
Apple does offers AppleCare+, which covers two incidents of accidental damage for a $79 service fee each time, cutting down on the cost of a replacement device. AppleCare+ is available directly from Apple for $99 in the United States.
Apple’s 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today.
While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power.
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple back and forth rumors that made it unclear whether Samsung or TSMC was manufacturing the chips destined for the new iPhones. Previous generation chips, such as the A7 in the iPhone 5s, were manufactured by Samsung, but Apple reportedly entered into a partnership with TSMC in an effort to reduce its reliance on rival Samsung. The shift is also part of a larger effort by Apple to diversify its supply chain, which cuts down on potential manufacturing issues.
Though TSMC created the 20-nanometer chips for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, rumors have suggested that Apple hasn’t ended its relationship with Samsung entirely. The company is rumored to be producing the 14-nanometer chips that will be used in future iOS devices next year, indicating that Apple has plans to continue having both TSMC and Samsung create chips for its devices.
According to Apple, the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offers a 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent better graphics performance compared to the A7 in the iPhone 5s.
Words have failed me. In some parts of the world, like here in Australia, it has already ticked over on the 19th of September, opening the flood gates to those who want to get the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus – suffice to say, may of you reading this will not be among those lining up to get a piece of the action. But in perhaps one of the more inopportune (but potentially hilarious) moments during today’s proceedings, the first person in Perth to get iPhone 6 (Perth is Australia’s most western major city) managed to drop the device on national television. Check it out:
The man, only identified as Jack, seemed to brush off the brief misadventure of his prized device as a minor event, however drop tests of the devices that have gone up in the last day have shown that they are one of the more fragile iPhones of our time:
And for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which start from $869 AUD and $999 AUD respectively, you’d hope that it doesn’t take too many of those falls. But I feel like I’ve already talked about iPhones for too long; let’s hear what you guys think.
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If (for some reason) you absolutely hate how profiles look on Twitter for the iPhone, you may want to fire up the App Store and download the latest update. It comes with a brand new design for profiles, which brings your bio front and center (no more swiping needed to see it) and adds separate timelines for your uploaded photos/inevitable GIFs) and favorite tweets. This new profile will show up for both iOS 7 and iOS 8 users, so you can already enjoy it even if you don’t want to delete apps and make room for Apple’s new mobile platform just yet. You do, however, get something extra if you’ve already upgraded: the power to retweet, follow and favorite posts right from the notification center.
iOS 8 is finally here, and it’s bringing a slew of new features. It’s faster, more secure, and in a lot of ways, more like Android. Out of all the new bells and whistles what are your favorite new additions? Head over to the forums and let the community know what you’re digging most about iOS 8. When you’re done there don’t forget to write your own review! We’ll be rounding up the best of the best in an upcoming post.
Photos by Will Lipman.
Today marked a special occasion in Engadget history: it was the day we published a story about making butter infused with marijuana. That isn’t all that’s happened in the past 24 hours, though, we also have a guide to the new iOS 8 keyboards, spotted that Aubrey Plaza is voicing Grumpy Cat and a whole lot more. Just check out the gallery below!
Ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in a number of countries, customers who didn’t place pre-orders for delivery have been lining up at Apple’s retail stores and those of its carrier and retail partners hoping to obtain one first thing in the morning.
A new report from BGR claims, however, that those looking for an iPhone 6 Plus are likely to be disappointed, as the units are in extremely short supply.
We are told that stores have been receiving shipments all throughout the day, and out of all the new iPhone 6 models received, typically only about 2-3% are iPhone 6 Plus units, and in only one color.
There is “no chance” of finding an iPhone 6 Plus unit to purchase tomorrow, we were told. Sources also said there are no 16GB iPhone 6 Plus devices to be found.
The report notes that stores are seeing decent supplies of iPhone 6 units, with all colors and capacities available, but much like with the gold iPhone 5s last year, it appears that only a handful of customers at the very front of store lines will be able to purchase an iPhone 6 Plus at many locations.
If you checked your iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus)’s shipping status before making coffee, walking the dog or catching up on your favorite tech site this morning, you’re definitely not alone. With a record number of pre-orders this year, there are thousands of soon-to-be iOS 8 users doing exactly the same thing. If you want to take your obsession to new heights, however, the aircraft tracking service FlightAware is eager to help. Once you receive a UPS tracking number for your precious cargo, you can head on over and track the exact location of your phone, be it in China, Anchorage (for a re-fueling stop), the Louisville (Kentucky) distribution center, or somewhere in between. Or you could just wait patiently for the doorbell to ring.
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Did you hear? iOS 8 is ripe for the picking, and lucky for you, we’ve already taken it for a test drive. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review, everything you need to know about virtual payments, and more!
You’re going to see a lot of apps taking advantage of iOS 8’s expanded Touch ID support in the near future, but one of the bigger improvements is already here. Mint has updated its iOS app to let you use your fingerprint to sign in rather than rely on a passcode. While it’s a simple step, it means that you can quickly check all your finances on an iPhone 5s, 6 or 6 Plus without compromising security — you can thwart data thieves with a tough-to-crack code that you’ll rarely have to enter yourself. There’s no doubt that this safeguard will spread to other financial titles in short order, but it’s good to see that an app many use daily is already locked down tight.