TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 9/10-9/16

Big week folks. Bigger then Big week. Apple showed off 2 new iPhones,  Watch, rumored to be buying a social network company and more.

iPhone 6 

  • 4.7in display
  • New Retina HD Display
  • Faster LTE
  • NFC for Apple Pay
  • Improved Camera sensor
  • New round edge form factor
  • New A8 with M8 co-processor, tracks altitude


  • 16 GB  $199
  • 64 GB $299
  • 128GB $399


iPhone 6 plus

  • 5.5in display
  • Optical image stabilization
  • iPad style layout when in landscape
  • New Retina HD Display
  • Faster LTE
  • NFC for Apple Pay
  • Improved Camera sensor
  • New round edge form factor
  • New A8 with M8 co-processor, tracks altitude


  • 16 GB  $299
  • 64 GB $399
  • 128GB $499

Both phones will be available for purchase on Friday the 19th.   The only difference in the 2 phones is screen size and the optical image stabilization.


iOS 8 will be shipping on Wednesday the 17th

iOS 8 will be available over the air as a free update on Wednesday. iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S and newer, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad 2 and newer, iPad mini and iPad mini with retina display.


Apple Pay

Apple announced a new mobile payment platform, Apple Pay. Apple Pay uses the NFC built into iPhone 6 to pay at over 200,000 locations across the US. Apple Pay stores your credit card information securely on your device and never leaves your device. The card numbers themselves are not stored on your device. Each card is issued a unique random ID each time its used so the information is never exposed, the cashier never sees your name or card numbers and Apple does not track your purchhases. Apple Pay will be available on iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch.


Apple Watch

Apple has announced their long anticipated wearable device, Apple Watch.  Apple Watch is completely customizable from the watch face to the band.  Apple Watch is accurate down to 50 milliseconds and packed with sensors, tracking heart rate and movement.  It also includes NFC for use with Apple Pay.

There will be 3 collections to choose from: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition, and the Apple Watch Sport. Each collection offers different color for the watch as well as multiple bands to choose from.

Apple has also announced an SDK for developers to bring their app functionality to the watch.  

The watch will come in 2 different sizes with matching bands and will be available in 2015.  Apple Watch will require an iPhone 5 or newer.  The Pricing will begin at $349.


U2's newest album is free

Apple and U2 teamed up to give all iTunes subscribers a copy of their newsiest album for free. You don't have to do anything to redeem the album. I opened up iTunes, clicked on the album and it was already marked as purchased. The exclusivity will last until October 13th, then will be available in stores.  If you don't want the album click here.  Note that once you remove the album, you will have to purchase it.  


iOS 8 GM released to developers

This is the final and usually shipping version of iOS. There are a few minor changes, primarily new wallpapers.


iPod Classic is no more

When the Apple Store came back on line after the event, many site noted the iPod Classic disappeared from the store. It was only a matter of time before this happened. It has not been updated since 2008 and that was only a storage increase. With the iPod classic now gone, there are no more 30 pin devices in the current line up of Apple products.


Apple reveals iCloud pricing

Back in June at WWDC Apple announced iCloud pricing would get updated. Here is the run down.

  • 5GB - Free
  • 20 GB - $0.99/ Month ($12/year)
  • 200 GB - $3.99/Month ($48/year)
  • 500Gb - $9.99/month ($120/year)
  • 1 TB - $19.99/month ($240/year)

The new pricing is welcomed as it is more in line with other services like Microsoft's OneCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox. The connivence factor of it being built into iOS makes paying a little more worth it. The updated pricing is available now.


Apple rumored to be buying social network, Path

Apple is reportedly ready to announce the acquisition of social network start up, Path. One possibility for the acquisition would be to reboot Apple's failed attempt at social networking service, Ping.

I used Path for about a month before I gave up on it. I couldn't get any of my friends or family to join.


12 inch MacBook Air to sport new colors

AppleInsider picked up a rumor claiming a 12 inch MacBook Air will be coming mid 2015 and will come in colors to match iPhone, Space Grey, Gold and Silver. I personally would like the Space Grey MacBook, time will tell if these will be brought to life.

Apple hires GAP executive for Director of Marketing

Apple has reportedly hired Marcela Agulair from GAP to lead their marketing team. Apple has been on a roll, bringing in fashion executives left and right. They will be promoting the hell out of their upcoming line up.


Apple to implement digital queue system

Waiting on line to get the new iPhone will be a lot quicker this year. Apple will be rolling out a digital queue to customers waiting to get their hands on the new phone. Customers will be placed into a digital queue and will receive their digital card via email or SMS. Customers will then be able to leave the line and come back later in the day to pick up their phone.  


Pick up your iPhone pre-orders in store

Apple is allowing customers that pre-ordered their device to be picked up in store on the 19th.  This should help reduce the amount people lining up at 2am for a chance to get the phone.


Apple exec to speak at Code/Mobile conference next month

Greg Joswiak will be publicly interviewed during the conference in October. Joswiak oversees product marketing and management for the iPhone. The interview is scheduled for the 27th. I am sure he will speak about the line up go iPhones and probably iPads and Macs that should be announced in October.


Yield issues are behind the lack of sapphire displays in iPhone

Yield rates for the screen were reportedly under 25%, making it very difficult to mass produce the required amount of displays.  


Charlie Rose interviews Time Cook

This is a 2 part interview, an hour each. Time provides some insight on what goes on behind the scene at Apple, hints at new products that haven't been rumored and more. It is well worth your time to watch. 


SMS Continuity for iOS 8 delayed until October

iOS 8 is going to bring a lot of new features to iOS devices. One of the features is call continuity.  Continuity is the ability to start a task on one device and seamlessly continue it on another. In the case of SMS, you would be able to send/receive SMS messages across your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Apple has updated their web site to say this will be available in October.  The availability is most likely to coincide with OS X Yosemite shipping.


AT&T won't support wifi calling until 2015

WiFi calling is a feature of iOS 8. It will help ease congestion of cellular networks by transferring the calls to wifi. AT&T CEO said they are focusing on a great customer experience and they don't want to just roll it out.

Cult Of Mac 

Best Buy & Walmart skipping out on Apple Pay

Two of the nations largest retailers will not be opting on for Apple's new Apple Pay service.  Neither company has plans to install NFC equipment at their stores. Both companies also utilize a service for checkout that uses a QR code on both Apple and Android devices that can be scanned at checkout for payment.

Cult of Mac  

iPhone 6 plus shipping slips

If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get your iPhone 6 Plus order in early enough for 9/19 delivery, you will now have to wait at least 4 weeks for delivery.


Record number of iPhone pre-orders

Apple announced they had 4 million iPhone preorders in just 24 hours. That doubles the previous record of iPhone 5 pre-orders (no pre-order for iPhone 5S). If pre-orders hit 4 million, image what sales will be like on opening weekend.


iWork & iLife apps coming preinstalled

9to5Mac is reporting the 64GB & 128GB versions of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus will come with iWork & iLife apps preinstalled. Apps included are iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U.  16GB iPhones owners will have to download the apps(free).


Verizon offering early upgrades

If you are eligible for an upgrade between now and November 15th, Verizon has moved your upgrade date to now. This is a 2 month advance in the upgrade. Call customer service or check your account online to verify.  

"As a special thank you to our existing customers, all Verizon customers who would be eligible to upgrade on or before November 15th have had their upgrade dates changed to become upgrade eligible immediately.  These customers can now upgrade to any device currently in our lineup, with new two year contract. Customers should check My Verizon to confirm upgrade eligibility"

This is generous of Verizon to do. I wonder if they are doing it knowing there is such a delay in shipping on the majority of iPhone models they figure there is nothing to lose on their end. If you are a few days after the 15th, try to call customer service and see what they can do.  Remember that being nice will lead to better results.


Apple allows users to remove U2 album from purchased history

There has been a bit of backlash from people that don't want free music. Apple has created a support document detailing how to remove the album from your account. Note that once you do this and later decide you want the album, after 10/13/14, you will have to purchase it.


Apple announces two new VP's

Stan Ng has been promoted to VP of Product Marketing for Apple Watch. Stan was previously  Senior iPhone Product Marketing. Ng also served as Sr. Director of iPod Product Marketing.

Apple has also named Michael O’Reilly Vice President of Medical Technology at Apple.  


Thats it for the week folks.  I hope you are ready for this weekend. iPhone 6 is here and will be available to purchase!!!

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