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iPhone 6 Launch: It’s Here!

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The craziness of the Apple phenomenon had everyone show up at Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney – all sharing a common passion – to buy the newest, latest and best Apple gadget. Since the recent iPhone 6 announcement, there has been a noticeable commotion from retailers and carriers as they try to position themselves ahead of the market share. It can be safe to declare that this year’s iPhone launch is vastly different as compared to the previous years because this time around, the market has matured, all 4 carriers will now offer the latest smartphone.

 

iphone 6 launch Broadway Centre

Those that are hoping to snag the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.  We’ve gathered up a list of US locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, listed below:

 

  • Apple retail stores – 8AM local time
  • Verizon Wireless – 8AM local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
  • AT&T – 8AM local time
  • T-Mobile – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Sprint – 8AM local time
  • RadioShack – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Best Buy – 8AM local time
  • Sam’s Club – 8AM local time
  • Target – Availability will vary
  • Walmart – Availability will vary
  • Staples – Availability will vary

At Apple Store locations, procedure will be slightly different than it has in past years as Apple will also be handing out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to customers who opted for Personal Pickup when pre-ordering online last week. All buyers will be directed to wait in one line until approximately 5AM, at which point they will be split into two lines: one for Personal Pickup and one for customers hoping to purchase a device on launch day.

 

iphone line

As they do every year, Apple will hand out refreshments like coffee and water, and ahead of the store’s opening, customers in the walk-in line (who did not pre-order) will be given a digital Reservation Pass (sent via email or SMS) to guarantee them an iPhone. This year’s Reservation Passes replace the paper cards that have been handed out in past years.

 

iphone water

If you’re a walk-in customer planning to wait in line, ideally you want to arrive as early as possible. Customers that want to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are already waiting in line across the US stores, and will wait through the night. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPhone are expected to be low, with the iPhone 6 Plus being in extremely short supply. While a significant number of devices will be delivered to customers beginning September 19th and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

 

iphone sales

Some analysts believe with the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is poised to begin another “super cycle.” Brian White, managing director and global head of technology hardware, software and equity research at Cantor Fitzgerald, releases the following statement: “We believe Apple is in the midst of another ‘super cycle’ that begins with the rapidly growing ‘phablet’ market via the iPhone 6 Plus and extends into the wearable category in early 2015 with Apple Watch.”

 

With every iPhone announced and released, Apple enthusiasts around the world proved their unflinching loyalty yet again during the global launch of the iPhone 6 on this day.

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3 Innovative iPhone 6 Features That Didn’t Make The Cut

iMind

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were just revealed a few days ago with a slew of cool new features like Apple Pay and Focus Pixels.  What you don’t know is that Apple’s technology scientists at the secretive Apple iLab developed some other unique features that ultimately didn’t end up in the final product.  Lucky for you, Protect Your Bubble was able to gain exclusive access to these radical technologies by befriending Tim Cook’s landscaper.

 

1. DNA ID Sensoriphone dna sensor

If you thought the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted with the iPhone 5s was awesome, wait until you see the DNA ID sensor that Apple initially planned for the iPhone 6.  The Touch ID sensor was supposed to be a secure way to access your phone, but hackers found a way to bypass it with wood glue and other methods.  The DNA ID sensor was developed to be the ultimate unbreakable security measure for your iPhone 6.  Instead of using your fingerprint, the iPhone 6 would require a sample of your blood or saliva every time you wanted to unlock the screen.  Simple, convenient, and super effective!

 

 

2. iMindimind 2

Along with the microwave and Shake Weight, the technology was originally developed by the U.S. military at Area 51.  iMind reads your thoughts and interprets the appropriate actions to be taken.  The goal of the iMind was to make finger and screen interactions obsolete.  Hate the 5 o’clock meeting you’re stuck in?  iMind will automatically populate job searches and apply for them on LinkedIn while you daydream.  Dislike your inconsiderate neighbor who mows the lawn at 7am on a Saturday morning?  Sensing your distress, iMind will purchase and overnight ship a hunting rifle to your doorstep.  As you can imagine, iMind could have detrimental consequences and was phased out of the final iPhone 6 product for safety concerns.

 

3. Invisible Force Field

That’s right nerds.  This isn’t Star Wars.  THIS IS APPLE!

this is apple

Apple developed force field technology 2 years ago, but felt the world wasn’t ready for it.  They tested it out on the iPhone 6 with the objective of preventing falling iPhones from getting damaged.  No more cracked screens and broken devices?  Sounds like a utopia!  As you can see from the test video below, Apple’s aural sensors will trigger a force field when it detects the programmed instruction of a synched clap and a vocal command.

 

 


 

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Revealed! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 PlusApple has just released all the deets on the new iPhone.  Here’s what you need to know.

 

Display

That’s right folks.  Apple will be releasing two versions of their new iPhone – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The regular iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 inch screen, making both versions bigger than the current iPhone 5s.  It is clear that Apple is trying to target a new demographic with their monstrous iPhone 6 Plus – sumo wrestlers, sasquatch, and Transformers.

iphone 6 sizes

In terms of picture clarity, the iPhone 6 display will contain 1 million pixels and the Plus will contain 2 million pixels.  According to Apple, their ultra-HD displays will be officially dubbed as Retina HD.  Based on their naming convention, I will assume the pixel overload will blind your retinas from the immaculate picture quality.  Apple also introduced an ion-strengthened screen cover for the display.  Let’s hope it’s not too durable or I might be out of a job.

 

Body

Apple should’ve gotten the Real Slim Shady to stand up for this event because the new iPhone 6 is quite slim!  The iPhone 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the Plus will be 7.1mm thin.  If it was any thinner, I would be scared of getting a paper cut from holding the new iPhone.  The iPhone 6 is so thin that a thin mint cookie is actually bigger.  I’ve attached a picture below so you can have your mind blown visually.

iphone 6 thin

System

The latest iOS 8 is confirmed to appear on the iPhone 6.  Moreover, the A8 chip is the new 64-bit cpu processor that will power this beastly phone.  Apple claims the iPhone 6 will run 50x faster than the original iPhone, which means you can theoretically text 50x faster!

iphone 50x faster

Furthermore, Apple will be upgrading their new M8 motion processor that can track your every movement whether if you’re cycling, running, swimming, etc.  It can even detect elevation.  The NSA will be thanking Apple for this new feature.

nsa apple

Camera

There will be an 8 MP camera with a new iSight sensor that will “focus pixels” twice as fast as the iPhone 5s.  Overall, image stabilization will be better resulting in less blurry photos and better low-lighting captures.  There will be a new selfie burst mode that will allow you to take 10 photos in a second.  Thanks Apple, now my grandma will be posting 10 selfies of herself playing Mahjong on Instagram!

iphone 6 camera

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128 GB with a two-year contract.  iPhone 6 Plus will be $100 more at $299 for 16GB with a two-year contract.  Pre-orders begin Friday, Sept. 12 and ships Friday, Sept. 19.  It will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014.

iphone 6 pricing

Apple Pay

Apple introduced their new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.  It will utilize NFC technology and basically transform your iPhone into a digital credit card and make one-touch payments possible. Because that’s what we need – to make impulse buying more convenient.  “It is so cool!” exclaimed Tim Cook during the live event.  Yeah I am not so sure he will be that enthusiastic when he gets ihacked and has all his credit card information stolen.

Apply Pay

BONUS: Apple Watch aka iWatch

The Apple Watch has been revealed.  It utilizes a digital crown that controls the watch, much like rotary dials on an old school land-line phone.  The Apple Watch will be built from only the finest materials including stainless steel, aluminum, and 18-karat gold alloys.  There will be a plethora of apps available on the Apple Watch like the clock app, which conveniently tells time. One touted feature is the ability to share your heart beat with other people through the Apple Watch.  In unrelated news, pre-orders of Apple Watches have been sold out due to immense demand from nursing homes.

iWatch Digital Crown

Fitness is an area Apple is really focusing on with the Apple Watch.  With the prevalence of FuelBand and FitBit wristbands, there is a big opportunity here as Apple Watch is being pushed as an all-day fitness tracker and sports watch in a single device.  The Apple Watch will include 2 critical fitness apps – Activity app and Workout app.  With these apps you can track all physical feats you have done throughout the day from walking, running, cycling, etc.  Important: the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or above to operate.

iwatch fitness

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Pre-iPhone 6 Reveal: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

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Apple will be revealing their heavily anticipated iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9.  Here are some things you should be aware of before the event of the year!

 

1. State of the Global Smartphone Market

The 2 giant smartphone makers, Samsung and Apple, have previously dominated the market with their products.  Most recently however, new Chinese companies have started to churn out some great new phones, taking away market share from the 2 heavy players.  Chinese vendors now account for 1/3 of all Android handsets.

 

Xiaomi Chinese Phone

The well-received Chinese smartphone: Xiaomi

In terms of software, the Android OS continues to expand its lead over Apple’s iOS.  According to BI Intelligence, Android has 84% market share over iOS’s 11% share.  This continues to be a problem for Apple as it has historically had trouble establishing its foothold in countries across the globe.  Will the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 be able to reverse this trend?  Only time will tell.

 

iOS market share

Apple's iOS has had stagnant growth

 

2. iCloud Hacking Scandal

With the recent events of celebrity photos being obtained and leaked by hackers, analysts and consumers alike have questioned the vulnerability of the iCloud.  The iPhone 6 will undoubtedly utilize the iCloud platform more heavily than previous iPhones.  With that in mind, smartphone users are becoming more reluctant to trust personal, sensitive data to cloud platforms that clearly have security issues.  Some users have already responded to the events by beefing up their mobile security with specialized smartphone data protection apps.

 

icloud

The iCloud has been iHacked

3. Sapphire Glass vs Gorilla Glass

Apple is rumored to be installing a new Sapphire Glass that is more durable, resistant, and bendable than the Gorilla Glass they use on their current iPhones.  This may sound like an automatic win, but some researchers like Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies have their doubts.  Soneria is concerned that Sapphire may be more brittle than glass.  Soneira states, “Breakage is a complicated process.  It depends on the stresses that are involved when something falls and that’s really hard to predict without doing testing.  And I would think Sapphire might be more prone to breakage than Gorilla Glass.”

 

Sapphire Glass Preview

 

4. iWatch

Not to steal iPhone 6’s thunder, but the iWatch is expected to debut during Apple’s big event on September 9.  Early media reports have claimed that the iWatch will come in 2 sizes – 1.3in screen and a 1.5in display version.  Memory space will be limited to 8GB of internal storage, which is a large amount for a watch.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch has only 4 GB of storage in comparison.  The aim for the iWatch is for it to be more than just a wrist-worn controller for your smartphone.  Apple wants it to be a standalone product that can operate independently.

iWatch

The iWatch for your iWrist

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Summer Vacation Never Dies: 5 Travel Ideas for Fall

autumn stroll

Whether you spent your summer lounging by the sapphire waters of a faraway land or slaving away in an office cubicle, you don't have to give up on vacation once Labor Day hits. Here are five fall vacation ideas for in-love duos, adults married with children, and singletons living for a good cocktail.

 

1. Belated Beach Trip

Somehow, someway, summer escaped—and you never even caught a glimpse of the ocean. Luckily, the beach and ocean are open year-round, especially in SoCal, where autumn is basically a continuation of summer. And by September and October, the crowds diminish and hotel rates go down. Where to go? The quaint surf town of Encinitas is a laid-lack Cali destination. Unlike L.A. and San Diego, Encinitas moves at a slower pace, and it has an eclectic downtown featuring various surf shops, coffeehouses and record stores.  So pack it up, get a protected rental car, and road trip it out to always sunny California.
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Photo by Mikefairbanks via Wikimedia Commons

 

Aquatic insurance: A dry phone is a working phone, but accidents happen. From stand-up paddle boarding to an extra-large latte, one small slip-up, and your phone could ultimately meet its demise. In this kind of emergency, you'll be happy you had liquid and water damage coverage.

 

2. Harvest Weekend Getaway

A break from the norm doesn't have to include a long-distance road trip crossing state lines or flying overseas. Day trips are fun too. For young families with kids back in school, the fall weekend is a great time to get away, even if it's just a jaunt to a nearby town. September signals the start of fall and the soon-to-be pumpkin-flavored everything pandemic: Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin bars. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie. And pumpkin patches. Take the fam to a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, corn maze or hayride for harvest fun, and don't forget to take pictures for Instagram.