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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Watch an iPhone 6 Plus Get Run Over by a BMW

Rumors of the iPhone 6 Plus being fragile have been highly exaggerated. In real world use, an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus won't break as easily as the rumors and memes would have you believe. Above, you can see video where the iPhone gets run over by a car. Will it survive? Check out the video to find out.

Source: 9to5 Mac


Macs and iPads Have Topped American Consumer Satisfaction Index for 11 Years

Now, for 11 straight years, Apple has topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The ASCI surveys customers to measure their satisfaction for a company's products. The happier customers are with the products they own from a particular manufacturer, the higher that company will rate on this list. Oddly, the ACSI does not separate tablets and personal coputers into their own categories, so this is a win for both Apple's iPads and Macs. The score is compromized of scores in five separate categories: expectations before purhase, pereived quality, perceived value, customer complaint incidents, and customer loyalty. It's not all good news for Apple though. However, for Apple, its not all good news. Their score is down 3% from last year, and their competitors are catching up.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Consumer Reports Claims the iPhone isn't as Flexible as the Internet Says

According to Comsumer Reports, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren't the strongest smartphones on the market (that title goes to thicker smartphones), but it's not nearly as flexible as Internet rumors may have had you believe. In fact, you'd have to somehow dish out 70 lbs of force to cause the iPhone 6 or 90 lbs for the iPhone 6 Plus to flex. The iPhone 6 Plus was actually found to be the stronger of the two.

Apple says they've only gotten 9 complaints about the new iPhone bending over the first 6 days it was out. Just as a reminder, during the first 3 days the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were out sold over 10,000,000 units. Apple hasn't said how much more they've sold since then either. When it comes down to it, you're not going to bend the new iPhone without sitting on it on a hard surface or intentionally bending it. This seems to be just another overblown piece of Apple criticism, which seems to happen every year Apple releases a new device.


iPhone 6/Plus Camera Tops Charts

Apple considerably improved the camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it shows. I've taken a few test shots with it, and fell in love with the quality of the photos, the stabilized video, and the manual camera mode in iOS. Camera+ was recently updated to take advantage of the manual controls in iOS 8, and it works very well. Using the amazing automatic settings and manual settings helps reviewers test the full capabilities of the camera. The photo above shows the progression of the iPhone camera, from the first one to the latest, taken by the Camera+ team. It certainly has come a long way. DxO Labs, a software company that also performs extensive tests on cameras spent time reviewing both new iPhones and recently posted their results. DxO Labs claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best smartphone cameras available, by a good amount too.

Improve Your Chances of Recovering your Lost iPhone With this Option

Losing your iPhone can be a scary experience. However, you can enable Find my iPhone to make tracking the lost or stolen iPhone (or any iOS device or Mac for that matter) and recovering it easily. With iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature to help you recover your iPhone. It's not enabled by default, so you'll have to enable it in settings. Basically, it sends the phone's location to Find my iPhone every time the device is turned off. This option will ensure that even if a thief turns off your phone, it will alert the actual owner of the last location it was. You can find it in Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

Careful With in App Browsers in iOS

Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers behind Twitter for iOS, found a bug in Apple's third party browsers for iOS. He says an app developer could collect the keystrokes input in the browser, even collect usernames and passwords. To make a long story short, until this bug is fixed, you shouldn't use an in-app browser, like thoe found in Facebook, Twitter, news readers, or third party browsers like Chrome or iCab. Use Safari for anything you wouldn't want someone spying on.