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Let's face it -- the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case is one of the unsightliest products Apple has ever released. It leaves you wondering if late co-founder Steve Jobs would have let it out of the lab. In fact, I found it so ugly that, in addition to the weight it added and increased overall footprint, I almost returned it immediately -- but despite all of this, I have decided to keep it -- read on to find out why.
Yesterday, in part one of this two-part series, we took a look at two leading rumors that are founding on rather simple guesses -- that Apple will likely update its MacBook line of products -- specifically the MacBook Air, which is in sore need of an upgrade to Retina screens, and might follow the path of the Retina MacBook with a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, new keyboard and Force Touch trackpad in a much thinner form factor. Today, we tackle the loudest but most ill-defined of the current rumors -- that Apple is making a new four-inch iPhone, and that a fifth-generation Apple TV will debut next year.
While the addition of the latest Bluetooth specification, v4.2, was no surprise with the latest just-announced iPhones and iPads, Apple has taken the rare step of retroactively adding Bluetooth 4.2 capability to the iPad Air 2, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models -- which previously boasted only Bluetooth 4.0 specifications. It is unclear whether a change in the Bluetooth stack in iOS 9 "activated" this capability in these models' existing BT chips, or if these models now being sold have had a part change-out internally.
A new study by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel based in Europe has disputed speculation that Apple's next iPhones may not do as well as the record-shattering iPhone 6 lineup, which proposes that pent-up demand for a bigger-screen iPhone has now been addressed after three quarters of staggering sales figures. The study not only found that at least a third of all US iPhone buyers are at the end of their two-year contracts, but that the "switcher rate" from Android to iOS in Europe continues to grow.
The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone that I didn't want to buy. I queued for the original in 2007 and I'm not so addicted that I could tell you each model I ever had since but look at any iPhone from then to the 6 or 6 Plus and there are only two options. Either I wanted one or I got it. I was on the typical UK two-year contract that meant I would have to sit out every other model and that should've meant I was ready to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but I didn't. Not until a couple of months ago, that is.
Users of smartphones are always complaining -- despite huge advancements in battery technology over the past few years -- about the need to recharge devices frequently. A new form factor from British firm Intelligent Energy could potentially change this to only having to recharge a phone on a weekly, rather than daily, basis. The company has placed a hydrogen fuel-cell battery into an iPhone 6 as a proof-of-concept, with only tiny changes to the casing for the device.
Sena is one of the select brands that Apple chooses to carry in its flagship Apple stores around the globe. Senna's preferred material is leather, with most of the products in its popular lineup utilizing it in one way or another. The Antorini Leather Wallet Book , as its name indicates, doubles as a both a protective case for your iPhone 6 as well as a wallet for your essentials, and is worth a look for its versatility.
Who would've thought there would ever be an entire industry based on shaping plastic, rubber and assorted other materials into shapes with big holes in? If an iPhone 6 case is all that survives us, if future archaeologists dig one up from the ground, they are going to concoct some seriously strange ideas of what we were like. Mind you, that's their problem. Ours is that iPhones are expensive, and they can be damaged. One of us just got an iPhone 6, so one of us just got an Incipio NGP case for it.
In a general report full of praise for Apple's smartphone performance and raising stock expectations, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley has told clients that the sell-through -- as opposed to shipment figures as given by Android makers -- put Apple's iPhone as the top-selling model at all four major US carriers, accounting for half of all smartphone sales. Canaccord is also raising its stock target price for AAPL to $160, maintaining its "buy" rating, and raising earnings-per-share estimates.
Rumors abound regarding what will be revealed by Apple this Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, but one persistent story that is now an "expected" announcement is that Apple Pay will finally expand beyond the US, with announcements of additional countries. Apple is known to have been in negotiations with banks in the UK, and a new report in a British newspaper claims that UK iPhone 6 owners will be able to use Apple Pay by August. According to the Telegraph, unnamed insiders confirm the ability to accept Apple Pay will be available within two months of tomorrow's announcement.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.7 ( -0.57 )
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe