The 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6s Plus features a lot of the same upgrades as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. Like that model, it is powered by either a Samsung- or TSMC-fabricated custom dual-core A9 processor that puts most quad-core and octa-core chipsets from other companies to shame. It also features the same new 7000 series anodized aluminum unibody construction and the same fundamental design language. However, there are some key differences between the two models. Let's take a closer look at the larger of the two iPhone 6s models.
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A report from London's Financial Times indicates that Apple has bought a natural-language development startup called VocalIQ that has developed applications for in-car apps, wearables, "smarthome" devices, and other applications where a voice interface works well. The company has been working on a natural-language API for automated self-learning that would allow users to interact even more naturally with voice-powered assistive services and devices. The company had previously criticized voice systems like Siri and Cortana for their inability to learn as they interacted with users.
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of, without spending a penny. In this edition, there's courses for developers on how to use the Git version control system, an app that could help you get a better job, two free game offers, and the chance to listen to a little bit of Frank Sinatra over the weekend.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in:
Depending where you are in the world, iOS 9 may have just brought you Apple News: an app that gathers articles from your preferred news sources, and pops them into one handy app. It's good, we like it, and we like it so much that MacNN has been part of it since day one -- but it isn't for people who read hundreds of articles or thousands of words a day. Reeder 3.0 is. Actually, Reeder 2.0 was too and even back in the Stone Age of Reeder 1.0 it was the newsreading app to beat.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones
AT&T is delaying a launch of its Wi-Fi calling service, over a failed request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The carrier has asked the FCC to waive the rules requiring communications companies to provide alternative options for the deaf and hard-of-hearing users, at the same time as complaining to the regulator over existing Wi-Fi calling services offered by competitors Sprint and T-Mobile, as the other carriers did not request waivers.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
While the new movie from Universal Pictures, Steve Jobs, has won nearly universal raves from critics and a key endorsement from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (who worked as a consultant on the film), it is always interesting to see what other key team members from the early days of Apple think of this latest effort to capture the quixotic nature of both the company's late co-founder. Andy Hertzfeld, the chief architect of the original Mac OS, has weighed in with a qualified endorsement of the film, calling it a "fine" movie that "deviates from reality everywhere" but serves to "expose the deeper truths" about Jobs.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring MacUpdate's Fall Bundle featuring 10 popular Mac apps for only $50, as well as detailing updates to note manager OneNote, newsreader Newsflow, font manager FontExplorer X Pro, task manager Things, system troubleshooter EtreCheck, and desktop recorder Screen Replay.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include a truckload of Bluetooth speakers (seriously, something for nearly anyone), Grain Audio in-ear headphones for $70, the Jawbone Big Jambox speaker for $120, and a Canon Pixma wireless photo printer for $70.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: security
Data reportedly acquired from a security breach of continuous crowdfunding service Patreon has leaked online. The data, weighing in at close to 15GB, is said to consist of files from Patreon's servers acquired by hackers late last month, with the data including a 13.7-gigabyte database that includes 2.3 million email addresses and other encrypted information that may pose a security risk to the service's user base if it is decrypted.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
The Human Rights Campaign, an organization focused on LGBT discrimination, will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with its Visibility Award at its 19th annual National Dinner on October 3. The organization noted Cook's role model status for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, his contributions to organizations such as HRC which fight LGBT discrimination, and his efforts to promote equality and diversity for minorities generally, as well as his strong stance on privacy rights.
Today at Apple's online store, save up to $350 on refurbished iMacs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced to $929 after a $170 price drop. 27-inch iMacs start at $1,520 for a model configured with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple
Now that El Capitan is available for the general public to install, MacNN forum-goers have been quick to begin discussing the changes in this most recent update. Along with the release of El Capitan, members continue to talk about the changes to iOS 9.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
There's is no doubt that you have at least a little interest in your Mac and OS X, or you wouldn't have read to the end of this sentence. Yet, it's equally sure that you're busy, it's certainly sure that updating will take longer than you think, and for once it is less obviously sure that you should do it. Trust us on this one, though: the upgrade is worth your time.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available via our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four highlights are all deals that will end tonight, so if you want to pick up some cheap Bluetooth headphones, an iPhone 6 battery case, a surge protector, or learn how to produce mobile apps, you had better get them quickly before they expire.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, Apple
The Apple Watch is making an appearance at Target, as the retailer prepares to sell the smartwatch to its customers. The store advises a select number of its stores will be receiving supplies of the Apple Watch this week, with all stores stocking the device by October 25 in time for holiday sales, and Target's online store will start selling the Apple Watch from October 18. Not all models will be available in-store, though the website will include an "expanded assortment" of the devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to National Public Radio's All Things Considered radio show yesterday to discuss Apple's stance on several hot-button issues. In his interview with host Robert Siegel, Cook addressed governmental information requests, as well as the requests for "back doors" into Apple's encryption. Additionally, Apple's stance on user privacy was delved into, and a conversation was had about how Apple utilizes customers' purchasing history.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple
File this under "simple, short and a workaround" while Apple fixes a bug. Since at least iOS 9, possibly earlier, there have been sporadic reports of a problem with Calendar on iPhones. If you go to the month view, tap on a date and nothing happens, you've got the bug. Fortunately, we've got the solution: double-tap instead.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: software
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This is a final warning that the Big Mac Bundle from BundleHunt, which is offering a colossal collection of 14 apps for your Mac valued at $820, is ending this weekend, giving you not much time to pick up the bundle for $18.
Apple may release some updated EarPods in the future, potentially wireless versions, if a report about a recently-discovered trademark filing is to be believed. A trademark application for "AirPods" was filed on September 22, and though the company applying for the mark isn't labeled as Apple, it is suggested that some details about the application hint strongly that Apple is in fact behind the application, using another name in an attempt to keep the application quiet.
Thu October 1, 2015 | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Twisted Pixel is spun off from Microsoft Studios, Activision admits there are issues with Tony Hawk 5, Nintendo breaks 1 million sales of Super Mario Maker, and the Humble Bundle starts offering games via subscription.
Thu October 1, 2015 | Posted in: security
T-Mobile has advised the personal details of approximately 15 million people have been seized as part of a data breach of another company's servers. The carrier was told by Experian, the vendor that processes T-Mobile's credit applications, that the breach occurred, and details including names, addresses, and dates of birth of both subscribers and prospective customers were acquired by an attacker, among other sensitive information used as part of T-Mobile's credit assessment.
Thu October 1, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
A local business paper is reporting that Apple has likely leased, or possibly purchased, space in a new 770,000 square-foot campus that will be only a short distance away from the company's expansive "spaceship" Campus 2 project, which is currently under construction. The "Central and Wolfe" site is across the street from
Thu October 1, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, audio, mobile phones, Apple
In an extended interview with the London Evening Standard mostly about the just-concluded Apple Music Festival, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue let slip that the company is investigating trying to "fix" the problem of international data roaming charges for iPhone users, and come up with a solution that would benefit consumers without alienating profit-oriented phone carriers. The focus of the conversation, the festival, also revealed that Apple is playing a long game with its Apple Music service.
The incredible popularity of Apple's iPhones means that it often has to diversify its supplier base in order to ensure that it has enough components to fulfill tens of millions of orders. For example, Apple might employ one or more display suppliers to deliver enough panels. In most cases, this will typically go unnoticed by users, even if there are inevitably minor differences in performance. Intriguingly, Chipworks has subjected some iPhone 6s models to its yearly teardown of Apple's iPhone SoC package, and determined that not only is the A9 fabricated by two suppliers (TSMC and Samsung), but that Samsung's more advanced fab process has yielded an A9 chip that is 10 percent smaller than the TSMC-fabbed A9. Based on some preliminary testing that MacNN has conducted, there is some evidence that this results in a slight performance differential between the two.
Thu October 1, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include a PlayStation TV for $37, a Logitech MK750 wireless solar keyboard and mouse bundle for $60, and the Pebble Steel smartwatch for $90.
Nest is making it easier for manufacturers to connect their products to other smart home devices, by giving third-party developers access to the Nest Weave communications protocol and direct communications with Nest products. Part of a number of announcements expanding the company's Works with Nest program, a competitor to Apple's HomeKit, the thermostat manufacturer also revealed a smart lock from Yale will be one of the first products on the market to take advantage of the Weave platform.
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