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Apple’s recently released flagship smartphones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ – are making millions of Apple fans (and even non-fans) swoon worldwide. Both iPhone models are high-end products meant to lure customers away from the other popular smartphones in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.

From the positive reception the new iPhones have received, we think Apple appears to have struck gold this time – and perhaps for a good reason. The new iPhones are, from our perspective, among the best products that Apple has come up with in a while. Coupled with the release of the Apple Watch, it’s wearable gadget, they may cement the company’s place as a leading tech manufacturer for a long time to come.

If you are planning to buy the iPhone 6, you will have to choose between the standard iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 +. While both phones have a similar design and give you the same processing power, there are some significant differences between the two. The iPhone 6+ is bigger than the iPhone 6, for example, and it appears to have a better camera. But is bigger always better? We bring you the key differentiators that’ll help you decide whether you should buy the iPhone 6 Or iPhone 6+?

The Design

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Like we mentioned before, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ have been designed in a similar fashion. We think the newest iPhones look more like the iPad than the previous versions of the iPhone. They have sleek, aluminum bodies with rounded edges that you find on the iPad. They are also thin and very light. Both models are available in gold, silver and space grey.

The biggest difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in terms of design is the size. The iPhone 6 has a width of 2.64 inches and a length of 4.87 inches, while the iPhone 6+ is significantly bigger at 3.06 inches and 6.22 inches. The iPhone 6 is marginally thinner at 6.9mm than the iPhone 6 plus at 7.1mm. The iPhone 6 is lighter at 129g compared to the iPhone 6 + at 172g.

Both phones appear sleek and aesthetically pleasing. We think people with big hands will especially love the bigger iPhone 6 +.

The Screen

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The screen is markedly different in both devices. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen with Apple’s Retina HD technology. It has a resolution of 1334 x 750 at 326 ppi. The iPhone 6+, on the other hand, has a much bigger screen measuring 5.5 inches. This screen is comparable to the one found in Samsung’s high end models. The screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 401 ppi.

The iPhone 6+ wins out over the iPhone 6 when it comes to screen size. We think a bigger screen makes the iPhone 6+ much easier to use.

The Processing Power

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Both phones have identical processing power. You would think that iPhone 6 + should have more processing power, considering the bigger display, but that’s not the case. However, that doesn’t impact its performance in the slightest.

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+ run on Apple’s newA8 chip with 64 bit architecture and they have Apple’s latest M8 motion processor.Compared to the iPhone 5, the newer models have 20% more processing power and a GPU that works 50% more efficiently.

The processor on both devices may only be dual core, but the iPhones are actually doing better than models with quad core and even octa core processors on performance tests.

The Storage

Again, nothing differentiates the two phones when it comes to storage capacity. Both models are available with 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of inbuilt storage.

Apple fans may be disappointed to know that neither phone offers SD card support.

The Camera

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When it comes to the camera, the iPhone 6+ trumps the iPhone 6 – but not by much. The camera on the iPhone 6+ has optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, while the camera on the iPhone 6 doesn’t. This enables the iPhone 6+ to take better pictures (or videos) in low light settings, but the difference isn’t big enough to be a deal breaker, according to us.

Both the iPhone 6+and the iPhone 6 have an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture with features like True Tone flash and Panorama.

Battery Life

The battery life on the iPhone 6 is shorter than on the iPhone 6+. The iPhone 6 has a (official) talk time of 14 hours on 3G, a standby time of 250 hours, up to 11 hours of internet use, video playback of 11 hours and audio playback of 50 hours. The iPhone 6 +, on the other hand, gives you 24 hours on 3G calling, 384 hours of standby time, internet use of up to 12 hours, video playback of 14 hours and audio playback of 80 hours.

Apple’s newest phones are by no means at the top when it comes to battery life. If you are a power user, you will want the iPhone 6+ over the iPhone 6.

The Apps

Both models are running Apple’s latest – iOS 8. The iPhone 6 has a standard screen, so apps don’t have to be scaled up for it. The iPhone 6+ is larger, so some apps appear somewhat strange on it. However, this problem will be fixed pretty soon as developers adjust future content for the bigger screen.

The Verdict

The iPhone 6 is priced at $199 with a two year contract, while the iPhone 6+ is priced a $100 higher at $299 (in the US). Is it worth spending an additional $100 to get the iPhone 6+?

We think it might not be a bad idea. The iPhone 6+ may not be faster than the iPhone 6, but it does have a bigger screen and a slightly better camera. The clincher for us, however, is the much improved battery life the iPhone 6+ offers. It’s worth paying the extra money for the battery alone.

If battery life isn’t your primary concern and you don’t particularly have large hands, we’d say go for the iPhone 6. The larger sibling is also tough to maneuver with one hand despite Reachability – Apple’s dedicated one-handed usage mode.

While the jury is still out on how these two siblings would fare in times to come. We hope this review makes you buying decision easier. Leave us your take on which is a better bet of the two. We’d love to hear from you.

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Apple has been known to launch its products with much fanfare and there is no reason for things to be any different this time around, when the most awaited phone of 2014 is to be unveiled on 9th of September – iPhone 6. Even though Apple users have got a peep into what to expect from the new iPhone, there is always room for surprises in terms of features that makes every iPhone fan’s imagination run amok. And, rightly so, because iPhones starting from its first generation, has played a vital role in changing the dynamics and the evolution of the smartphones we know today.

The infographic below, discusses the features and fans wishlist of Apple iPhone 6. Some of these features are much needed considering active competition from other major players. The top 3 features wanted by the fans in the iPhone 6 is a longer battery life, water resistance and a crack resistant screen. Removable battery, larger screen size, wireless charging capabilities, built-in health applications, mobile wallet and better synchronization with wearable gadgets also features in the popular demand.

It remains to be seen how many of these features are actually integrated in the Apple iPhone 6, but with its launch date inching closer, the excitement in Apple Stores and among iPhone loyalists is increasing rapidly. Even though the market is filled with numerous competitors, Apple has been able to hold its premium position firmly. This is mainly because of the company’s legacy of not disappointing its users, which is so far generously rewarded by the users with their loyalty. The launch of iPhone 6 is expected to make Apple’s portfolio stronger, as with a larger screen, better battery life and a bevy of futuristic features, even the nearest competitors are expected to face the music of one-sided competition, at least for the time being.

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The first thing that pops out at you from all the iOS clutter on the internet is how disappointing its new facelift is! People have called it “flat” and even gone as far as to call it “childish”. I can understand the latter comment as it does look a bit cartoonish with the near florescent color scheme; but let’s take a closer look at the new mobile OS.

The iOS Facelift

There were huge expectations from Jonnathan Ive when Apple announced a refresh of the iOS. Everyone was eagerly waiting for Apple to reveal a fresh, clean take on iOS. Unfortunately, the new iOS look does not live up to its immense hype. The icons feel rushed and the color scheme on some icons are plain cartoonish. The feel of the iOS lacks the class and elegance one has come to expect from Apple products. It almost gives the impression that due to a lack of time the first sketch was approved and thrown into production.

Follow the Leader?

There are some good additions that apple has made to the iOS 7. Topping this list is swiping up the control panel from the bottom of the screen. This control toggle gives you a one-touch switch to Bluetooth, AirDrop, AirPlay, Wifi, Airplane mode and more. Another exciting new update is improved multitasking. Apple claims that applications in iOS 7 will be able to pull data even when they are not running. This means that the spinner that you had to look at while waiting for an app to update might now become extinct and as soon as you open up an app you’ll get immediate fresh data.

The multitasking will also make use of intelligent algorithms, Apple says. For example, apps used frequently will be allocated more time to work in the background as compared to less used apps. This is quite exciting because according to Apple this will not only enhance the iPhone’s multitasking capabilities but also optimize battery usage.

However, the thing is that the swiping control toggle and multitasking are all things Andriod users are used to having as standard. So the question to ask is, is Apple playing catch up? Is this just another sign of Apple losing its innovative edge to Android?

The AirDrop

One feature of the iOS 7 is actually quite interesting, i.e. the one they call AirDrop. This feature has the potential to revolutionize sharing between users. AirDrop leverages the core strengths of Apple’s unified ecosystem and has been available on Macs for some time now. Using AirDrop, people can easily share photos, videos, web pages, contacts and anything else from any app with a Share button. This makes many, many things possible, including:

  • A retail coupon being “Airdropped” into your Passbook app
  • Multi-player games between unknown people who are traveling together
  • Sharing of meeting notes at office

iOS 7 for Business

With iOS 7, Apple has also enhanced its business features. With these new features Apple is trying to get company IT departments to adopt Apple’s iOS as their OS of choice. This is important because both Samsung and BlackBerry are also adapting their operating systems to cater better to businesses.

One of the features of the iOS 7 includes enterprise single sign on (SSO) where users enter their details only once and use them across apps. Apple has also enhanced its support for Microsoft Exchange. Now iOS 7 users can sync notes with Outlook on their Mac or PC.

iOS 7 can also be customized to control which app and account can open documents and email attachments thus increasing security by letting administrators configure apps with “Per App VPN.” With this kind of VPN apps will connect to a company’s private network automatically when launched.

The Final Verdict

Although iOS 7’s fresh look is not one to write home about, it does have some meatier features that Apple users will embrace with open arms; features that they were looking forward to for some time now. My advice for iOS fans: when you talk to your friends and colleagues about the iOS 7, steer clear of its cosmetic upgrade!

What do you think of the new iOS?
Share below in the comments!

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Apple Stock Drops Over Lower Than Expected Sales

While one analyst claimed lines were 89% longer and this C/Net iPhone 5 Review gushes that this is the “iPhone we’ve always wanted”, Apple’s stock has already dropped because sales of the iPhone 5 are less than expected.

iPhone 5 Social Media Mentions

Almost as many negative comments as positive have been recorded on social networks – which are quite likely reducing desire to buy the new iPhone. These graphs show there is not a great outpouring of positive comments on social media about the iPhone 5.

Further analysis would be necessary to find out exactly which of the issues are causing the most negative comments. See the video reviews below for what those issues are.

iPhone Video Reviews

C/Net Video iPhone 5 Review Pros:

  • Larger screen (longer)
  • Faster processor
  • 4G speeds which can be twice many people’s home wifi

iPhone5 Review Cons:

  • Some networks can’t do voice and data at the same time
  • iPhone 4 cables won’t fit

 

Engadget iPhone 5 Video Review

  • IOS 6.0
  • Extra row for apps at the bottom
  • 1136×640 display size
  • Panorama Mode
  • Passbook
  • Thinner, lighter, taller than 4S
  • Two tone colors
  • 8 mega pixel camera

Social Media Sentiment

Murray Newlands talks about why he feels fans are so disappointed in this short video:

Having watched those iPhone Video reviews what do you think?

Is that the iPhone you’ve been waiting for or will having to buy new cables, or not being able to use voice and data at the same time on Sprint or Verizon or not liking the new Mapping app put you off buying?

Tell us whether you’ve bought one, want one –
or decided it isn’t for you in the comments.

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You have probably been hearing the term “jailbreaking” a lot lately. No, it doesn’t mean busting out of jail and going on the run. It is a technical term applied to network-connected devices, and you can jailbreak anything from a Playstation to an Android.

However, the real debate has come from the jailbreaking of the iPhone, and with the amount of misinformation in the media, many people are wondering whether or not it is worth it.

What Is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking an iPhone is the process of selecting some kind of application that will allow you to use unauthorized apps (like games) not bought in the iTunes store.

These could have been made for the Android, or perhaps just created by a third party for Apple products. There are thousands of these on the Internet that are perfectly safe, functional and great to have.

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Whether you love or hate Apple, you must admit that the iPhone revolutionized cell phones as we know them today. Before the 1st generation iPhone hit the market, the top selling phone for the past three years was the Motorola RAZR.  However, not too long ago, the iPhone and Apple enjoyed monumental achievement by becoming the best selling phone in the third-quarter of 2008. It’s been almost two years since the release of the original iPhone, and only a few months ago Apple released the iPhone 3G. Both phones are still missing some basic features, but there has been an improvement in the latter version. In this article, we will cover the differences between the iPhone 2G (or first generation) iPhone and it’s newer counterpart, the iPhone 3G.

Apple iPhone 2G VS iPhone 3G

Design and Dimensions

Even though there aren’t too many differences in the exterior of the models, we are going to point them out before we get to the hardware. The screen size is exactly the same at 3.5" on both models, which provides for an ultra-clear 480×320 screen resolution. The rear of the original iPhone has a smooth metal finish with a black strip at the bottom. The front of it has a shiny metal piece that surrounds the side of the phone and ends behind the screen. The iPhone 3G has a smooth piano black or white finish. It also has the shiny metal piece around the outside of the screen. The iPhone 3G features buttons that are made from a shiny metal, excluding the home button. This gives them a sturdier feel compared to its predecessor. The shape of the 3G phone is a major difference as the original iPhone is a little thicker and completely flat when set down. The 3G has more of a round feel to it that flattens out slightly around the edges. It has been said that the screen of the 3G heats to a warmer temperature than that of the original iPhone.

Apple iPhone 2G/3G Size and weight

Features & Technical Specifications

Once we get under the hood, we begin to see where the 3G separates itself from it’s older brother. The iPhone 2G only supported WiFi, GSM, and Bluetooth. This means its speed surfing the Internet were quite limited. The iPhone 3G introduced 3G speeds to Apple’s flagship model, and it also supports WiFi, GSM, and Bluetooth. This makes for a better experience surfing, watching Youtube videos, and downloading data onto the phone from the Internet. The first generation iPhone supported the following frequencies:  GSM and Quad-Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). The iPhone 3G supports all of those frequencies, but added to the list quite a few more to enable running at 3G speeds, including UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz). The iPhone 3G also supports GPS, which was not included in the original iPhone.

Both phones have a 2MP camera, but do not feature a video recorder. The iPhone 3G weighs 4.7 ounces compared to the 2G’s weight of 4.8 ounces (not a notable difference). The only downside to 3G capabilities is that it eats into battery life.  The iPhone 2G beats out the newer version in that regard by providing up to 8 hours of talk-time compared to 5 hours with the 3G.

Apple iPhone 2G/3G Battery Life

Bottom Line

Comparing two great phones is always hard, but Apple made a great move by creating the 3G iPhone. The iPhone 2G is impressive, but with the features the 3G provides and the transition with new phones all moving to 3G, it’s a definite requirement if Apple wants to maintain its new status as the #1 selling phone in the US.

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