If you have been following tech news this week, you might have heard about ‘Bendgate’ which is the alleged weakness of the newly released iPhone 6 Plus to resist fairly ordinary handling and bend quite severely. And not that good type of bending demonstrated by the LG G Flex; this looks to be a design flaw in the iPhone 6 Plus and looks like it will undermine Apple’s first attempt at a phablet device. The Apple faithful have been putting on a brave face and claiming that this is either untrue or those who have been testing it have been using excessive force. YouTuber Unbox Therapy has gone on record today to prove exactly how easy this bending occurs, and promptly tries to bend the new Moto X 2014 to show exactly how a normal phone should work.
Suffice to say that Apple probably needs to go back to the drawing board and try again. Quite a contrast to the Moto X 2014, which held its own in this brief test, and yet another feather in Motorola’s cap for making another robust device. The Moto X 2014, which was announced during IFA 2014 just a few weeks ago, combines much of the latest tech available to smartphones including a 5.2-inch display powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor. While that might not be the absolute newest processor available, the original Moto X proved Motorola can do a lot with a supposedly “underpowered” processor, let alone one of the best available. We can’t wait to see more of them in action.
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Phones4u couldn’t have folded at a worse time. The upcoming expiration of reseller contracts forced the company into administration earlier this month, three days after it opened up preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While hard-up employees are finding new homes and empty stores new owners, customers who were eager for Apple’s newest aren’t so lucky. Today, in an email to iPhone 6 preorderers (that’s definitely a word) that laid down an upfront payment, Phones4u came clean about the refund process, or more accurately, the lack of one. You see, Phones4u previously stated it would refund any iPhone preorder payments it’d taken, which it probably wasn’t in a position to say since, you know, it’d gone into administration by that point.
Long-story-short, the email tells ex-customers there basically won’t be any refunds, and suggests they contact their credit card provider to dispute the charge. If news of this backtracking wasn’t enough, Phones4u sent the mass email out with all recipients’ addresses visible, inspiring more frustration and several reply-to-all gibes (Business Insider has a few of the emails). Perhaps Phones4u’s biggest blunder, however, was waiting to tell people. Since administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers took over, refunds were just as unlikely as they are now, and the page explaining as much has been live on PwC’s site for some time, if a little buried.
Anyone that can’t go to a credit card company for help is pretty much out of luck, although there is another option that involves submitting a refund claim to PwC. The problem with that is there’s a high possibility it’ll be more trouble than it’s worth. A disclaimer on the claim page reads “Please note, given the level of secured liabilities, if there is any dividend to unsecured creditors, any payment if made at all, would not be for many months and is likely to be negligible.” In normal-speak, this means if you seek a refund, your request will join a long line of companies/individuals Phones4u owes money to as a priority. And considering the company’s just folded, there’s unlikely to be any left for you when all the larger debts have been squared away. Sadface.
Via: Business Insider
Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone’s newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should — apparently, it’s quite pliable. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users on Twitter seem to be finding small, but noticeable bends just south of the handsets’ volume controls. Front-pocket storage is all it takes to give the handset a gentle slope, according to some users, but it can be bent other ways too. Back pockets and malicious YouTube users (video from Unbox Therapy after the break) can both bend the device to their will.
Some say that extra-tight jeans are to blame, but it’s really an issue of building materials — the iPhone 6 and 6+ feature an aluminum chassis spread over a wider area than any previous iPhone. Aluminum is a naturally soft metal; with enough pressure and leverage, it’s going to bend, and some owners reported similar issues with the iPhone 5. Metallurgy aside, though, it’s still a potential drawback for Apple users thinking of upgrading.
– Florian Paulmier (@FlorianP123) September 23, 2014
– Boris VvZ (@Boris) September 23, 2014
– John Colucci (@johncolucci) September 23, 2014
– LG Electronics UK (@LGUK) September 22, 2014
[Image credit: Unbox Therapy]
Source: Unbox Therapy (YouTube)
Waiting on line in advance of an Apple product launch doesn’t sound like the best way to spend a weekend, but unless you queued up, it’s quite possible you’re still bumming around with a perfectly good, but now last-generation iPhone. There’s a glimmer of hope, however. The folks at Spigen have given us a pair of iPhone 6 handsets so two lucky Engadget readers can get their early adoption underway. And to help keep that pricey bit of smartphone tech safe and sound, Spigen has also included all five colors of its Neo Hybrid Metal case to go with each phone. These slim protective shells have interchangeable Dia-Cut aluminum frames paired with a soft, yet grippy material to provide shock and impact absorption. There aren’t any lines to suffer here, just head on down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning an iPhone 6 and complete set of Neo Hybrid Metal cases.
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Here at Engadget, we make good on our promises. So when we say we’re going to be updating our buyer’s guide more frequently, well, gosh darn, we mean it. Roughly two months after we re-launched the guide, we’re adding a bunch of new gadgets, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the new Moto X, HTC One M8 for Windows, the Acer C720 Chromebook, the NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet and the Moto 360 smartwatch. Of course, we also had to remove some of our original picks to make room for the new ones: The new, 5.2-inch Moto X takes the place of the old 4.7-inch one, while the Moto 360 overtakes the Samsung Gear Live — formerly our favorite Android Wear device. We’re also getting rid of all the BlackBerrys for now. That’s not to say BBM hold-outs should switch operating systems, but until we get to try the new BlackBerry Passport, we’re going to refrain from including those older models. Check out our guide right here, and stay tuned for more updates next month — who knows what we’ll be adding then!
With Apple having claimed to ship 10 million units over the iPhone 6 launch weekend, Samsung now feel the need to expedite the Galaxy Note 4 release in an attempt to compete with the device, which they see as a direct competitor.
Consequently, Samsung are speeding up the Note 4 launch and will start with South Korea by making the device available the day after the announcement, which is ahead of its October launch.
Currently this only affects South Korea so it’s unsure how this will play out in the rest of the world, but Samsung are expecting to ship 15 million units in just 30 days.
With such an ambitious goal, do you think Samsung will achieve this, and more importantly will it make a difference?
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The new iPhones have been on sale for three days, which means it’s time for Apple to announce how many devices it sold. Considering that the iPhone 5 hit five million sales in the same period, and the 5S and 5C earned nine million sales, it’s no surprise to see that both new devices raked in a record 10 million, even without the help of China. For now, the devices are only available in 10 countries, including the US, Canada and the UK, but the company promises that 20 more countries will have units available to sell by September 26th. Unfortunately, Apple neglected to mention how many people plumped for the 6 or its bigger sibling, but that’s hardly going to matter when Tim Cook wakes up and looks at the company’s bank balance.
Source: Apple (Businesswire)
When Verizon launched its “Advanced Calling 1.0″ feature earlier this month (read: voice over LTE), it only worked with two phones: The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2. Now the company can add the iPhone to that list, well, at least the iPhone 6. Verizon customers who upgraded to Cupertino’s latest handset are reporting that VoLTE is working on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A user on the MacRumors forum said he had to activate the feature in his phone’s cellular menu first, but afterwards was able to make calls freely. It’s also notable that he called a landline — previously, the feature was only said to work between compatible Verizon phones. Is it working for you? Fire up your new handset (if you’re into that brand), and let us know in the comments.
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.