TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 9/17-9/23

NFC in iPhone 6 will only be used for Apple Pay

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will contain an NFC radio that will enable purchases to be made with your phone. NFC has thousands of options, sharing files, paring devices, but Apple is restricting the use of NFC soley for Apple Pay. They did a similar thing last year with Touch ID where you could only unlock your device and make iTunes purchases. That has changed with iOS 8 where you can use Touch ID to open apps. Based on that, there is hope that Apple will expand the use of NFC down the road.

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Foxconn employee arrested

Chinese police have arrested a 40 year old Foxconn employee for smuggling iPhone 6 shells out of the factory and selling them.  


Appeals court rejects $384 Million judgement 

Apple and patent holding company VirtnetX will be back in court after the appellate court held thew out the original judgement. They said incorrect instructions were given to the jury and expert testimony.


2 Factor verification for iCloud.com is back

The feature will require used to enter a pin code sent to them via ams to access the applications on the site. This is great for users that are worried about their data being breached.


Guide for switching to iPhone from Android posted

Apple has posted a guide for users wanting to switch to the iPhone from their Android device.  The detailed guide includes instructions on transferring Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Documents, and Apps and highlights a number of third-party apps that you probably use already.


Part 2 of the Tim Cook/Charlie Rose interview posted

This video is only about a half hour long.


Rumored October 21st Apple event debunked

There was a rumor out that Apple was going to have an event on October 21st to introduce new iPads. That rumor got the infamous Nope by Jim Dalrymple.

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Apple pulling HealthKit apps

Apple has discover a bug in HealthKit and has pulled apps that take advantage of it from the App Store. Apple hopes to have the bug resolved by the end of the month.


iOS 8 now publicly available

You can update via iTunes, great if you don't have a lot of available space on your phone, or OTA via the setting app. You will need to be on WiFi if you update OTA and it will take longer as well.  Here are a few tips prior to downloading :

Dont install on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or iPad mini (non-retina). These devices are on older hardware any it may take Apple a few weeks to get iOS fully optimized for them.

Don't use iCloud Drive if you need your documents across a non iOS 8 device or on your Mac.  iCloud Drive will be available for Mac next month when Yosemite is released

Hit the source link to see more about iOS 8


New Security page on Apple's site

The new page details the security and privacy measures to keep their users safe. There is also a letter from Tim Cook:

At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption, plus strict policies that govern how all data is handled.
Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services, including iCloud and new services like Apple Pay. And we continue to make improvements. Two-step verification, which we encourage all our customers to use, in addition to protecting your Apple ID account information, now also protects all of the data you store and keep up to date with iCloud.
We believe in telling you up front exactly what’s going to happen to your personal information and asking for your permission before you share it with us. And if you change your mind later, we make it easy to stop sharing with us. Every Apple product is designed around those principles. When we do ask to use your data, it’s to provide you with a better user experience.
We’re publishing this website to explain how we handle your personal information, what we do and don’t collect, and why. We’re going to make sure you get updates here about privacy at Apple at least once a year and whenever there are significant changes to our policies.
A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.
Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.
One very small part of our business does serve advertisers, and that’s iAd. We built an advertising network because some app developers depend on that business model, and we want to support them as well as a free iTunes Radio service. iAd sticks to the same privacy policy that applies to every other Apple product. It doesn’t get data from Health and HomeKit, Maps, Siri, iMessage, your call history, or any iCloud service like Contacts or Mail, and you can always just opt out altogether.
Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.
Our commitment to protecting your privacy comes from a deep respect for our customers. We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work as hard as we can to earn and keep it.

In addition to the letter from Tim and the new web page, Apple has also updated its Privacy Policy.


iOS 8 adoption rate surprisingly low

9to5Mac has numbers from a mobil marketing company, Fiksu, showing iOS 8 is installed on just 7.92% after the first 18 hours.  iOS 7 was at 17% last year during the same time frame. It's odd that the adoption rate for the new OS is so low. Lack of storage space could be the biggest reason, some devices require 6GB of free space for the update. I am sure Apple will release numbers early in the week.

Apple delivered iOS 8 via its own CDN

Apple utilized their own, newly constructed CDN to roll out iOS 8 updates last week. This is the first test for Apple's CDN.  

A group of people I know were having extremely long download times for they update, some taking almost an hour to download. Obviously there could have been other factors affecting the download speed but I think Apple needs to beef up the bandwidth a little more.


iFixIt tear down of iPhone 6 & 6 plus completed

iPhone 6 plus

iPhone 6

Here are some details form the 6 plus:

  • 2915 mAh battery — almost double the capacity of the iPhone 5s
  • Apple A8 APL1011 system-on-a-chip processor
  • The LTE modem is a Qualcomm MDM9625M
  • An NXP 65V10 NFC chip with the Secure Element for Apple Pay

The iPhone 6 has similar specs but the battery is a differentiator, 1810 mAH rated battery.

Apple sells record number of iPhone on launch weekend

Apple announced they have sold 10 million iPhones this past weekend. They surpassed the iPhone 5S record of 9 million phones last year.  Shipping times are around 3-4 weeks so its safe to assume had Apple had more phones in stock the number would have been a lot higher.


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