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Existing iPhone and iPad Lineups Updated with Better Storage and Pricing

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced on Wednesday, but they were not the only devices with updates. Apple also refreshed their iPhone and iPad lineup with new prices and better storage capacities.

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The new iPhone lineup has doubled the amount of storage and better pricing across most of the models, via Apple.

For last year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has retained all the color options but improved the price and storage capacity. The phones are now available for $100 less for retail price, or roughly $5 less per month with iPhone installments. The iPhone 6s can be purchased for $22/month and the iPhone 6s Plus for $27/month. Additionally, Apple has doubled the minimum storage capacity from 16GB to 32GB and removed the 64GB capacity. The iPhone 6s/6s Plus are still available in 128GB. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have also be removed.

Despite the newness of the iPhone SE, Apple has updated it too. The iPhone SE is still available in 16GB and 64GB, but the larger storage capacity is $50 less. The iPhone SE is now $399 and $449 for full retail price. 

Apple has also refreshed their iPad lineup by removing some storage capacities, doubling others, and offering better prices. The iPad mini 2 is now only available in 32GB and starts at the price of the previous 16GB model. The iPad mini 4 is only offered in 32GB and 128GB now and the prices are lowered to the previous 16GB and 64GB models, respectively. The iPad Air 2 has retained the same prices with twice the amount of storage.

Finally, the iPad Pro has had the greatest shakeup in the lineup with storage pricing remaining the same but lower prices. The 128GB model is now $50 less and the 256GB model is $100 less. The prices also show a more consistent lineup with each model progressing by $100 for increased storage. For example, the 9.7″ iPad Pro Wi-Fi only model starts at $599 for 32GB, $699 for 128GB, and $799 for 256GB. Previously there as a difference of $150 between each storage size.

The new storage sizes of the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 currently have an estimate delivery window of September 16-17th.. Also the iPhone 6s with the new 32GB storage size is currently unavailable and will be able to pre-order alongside the iPhone 7 tonight.




 

Most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are "In Stock" finally

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After months of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being available, Apple has finally caught up with the demand in the United States. The iPhone 6 was released in the middle of September and many users who purchased one had to wait up to four weeks before it was even shipped. When I was able to upgrade in late November, I still had to wait a couple of weeks before my 64GB iPhone 6 Plus would be available to ship.

Introducing the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Every color of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with every carrier (except the SIM-free models that were released earlier this week) are “In Stock” and ship within 24 hours after Apple receives the order and payment.  The SIM-free models are available to ship in one business day.

Shipping outside the US is still a little behind, but that is very understandable since analysts estimated that Apple sold nearly 70 million iPhones during the fourth quarter.

New iPhone 6 Ad: "Voice Text"

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Apple continues with their Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake hosted television commercials by posting another one that displays the iOS 8 feature Voice Text.  This feature allows you to send voice messages to another iPhone user through the Messages app.  As explained in the video, it could be used to say something sarcastically, when you want to sing or when you are using complex words.  Watch the new commercial below.

http://youtu.be/NNavOxQzfkY

iPhone 6 shipping times improve ahead of Black Friday and Christmas shopping season

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been out for about two months and shipping times are starting to see some improvements.  Once the phones launched, shipping times immediately went from a 2-3 business days to 3-4 weeks.  This made people rethink if they wanted to purchase their new iPhone from Apple and wait nearly a month or take a chance at a physical store location.  Now the shipping times have improved slightly ahead of Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.

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For the iPhone 6, we see shipping times as little as 5 business days up to 10 business days.  The 16GB iPhone 6 in any color on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will be available to ship in 5-7 business days; this is the shortest amount of time for shipping via Apple’s online retail store. The 64GB and 128GB model with any carrier and color will take 7-10 business days.

The iPhone 6 Plus, however, is a completely different story.  Either this phone is much more popular, which is unlikely since recent reports suggested the 6 is outselling the 6 Plus 3-to-1, or that Apple doesn’t have enough supply for the demand.  The 16GB iPhone 6 Plus has the shortest amount of shipping time in any color or any carrier with 7-10 business days.  The 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, the one I want, in any color and carrier ships in 2-3 weeks.  Finally, the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus in any color and carrier ships in 3-4 weeks.

If you want to purchase a new iPhone from Apple’s online retail store, you may be waiting a week or up to four weeks.  On Black Friday, many retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Target will be offering huge discounts on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus if you want to stand in line, but you will get the phone immediately.  Apple will also be having their own Black Friday sales, but this is usually a modest price decrease.

Apple's 2014 iPhone Product Lineup

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Apple held three special events over this past year: the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and two special events in the Fall.  They announced a plethora of new products in terms of hardware and software. We don’t expect Apple to hold another event this year, but the next one should be in early 2015. Apple is currently selling two generations of iPhone with four different models. Here’s the 2014 iPhone lineup:

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iPhone 6 Plus: released September 2014

  • a larger iPhone 6 with some upgrades
  • 5.5″ Retina HD display
  • A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $299 (on contract)

 

iPhone 6: released September 2014

  • successor to the iPhone 5s
  • 4.7″ Retina HD display
  • A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $199 (on contract)

 

iPhone 5s: released September 2013

  • successor to the iPhone 5
  • 4.0″ Retina display
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $99 (on contract)

 

iPhone 5c: released September 2013

  • an inexpensive, colorful and simpler version of the iPhone 5s
  • 4.0″ Retina display
  • A6 processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • yellow, blue, pink, green and white
  • 8GB
  • free (on contract)

Throughout the week, we will explore the 2014 lineup. There’s iPods, iPads, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch.

New iPhone 6 Ads: "Huge", "Camera" and "Actual Sizes"

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Apple showed us a couple new advertisements for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at their special media event in early September.  They have created a few more, which we have below, that use late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon and popstar Justin Timberlake to talk about the features of the phone.  There’s also a new print ad in the Rolling Stones magazine that shows the actual sizes for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The first ad, which is called “Huge”, focuses on the screen sizes.  These are the most powerful and largest iPhones ever created and Apple emphasizes it several times throughout the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3uAoeQBpcQ

The second video called “Camera” is all about the camera’s features.  They show some of the iPhone 6 camera features, like slow-motion and image stabilization, and the iOS 8 camera updates, like time-lapse and smart editing tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdbggN5XB0Y

The print ad, discovered by Mac Observer, has the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side.  The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ display and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5″ display. The ad shows the actual sizes for the phone so you can easily compare them to your current phone before you buy.

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First Ever Drop Test for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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The next-generation iPhones come out today around the world and YouTube user PhoneBuff already got his hands on both models to put them through a drop test.  The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are dropped on their side, on their back and then on their front.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus survived through the first test, but problems arose for the larger phone when being dropped on its side.  The screen shattered and started to come apart.  Both phones failed the final test (dropping on the screen), as expected. The display, though, is apparently very strong because the touchscreen appeared to continue to work after the screen was shattered.

Watch the full video below:

 

Watch First Part of Tim Cook Interview with Charlie Rose

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On Friday night, the first part of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose aired online and the second part will air on September 15th.  The CEO of Apple was asked questions about the recent product announcements (e.g. iPhone 6), what Apple is planning on doing in the future, how Steve Jobs is still present in the company and a few controversies the company has been involved with.

The interview starts with Tim Cook talking about their “next chapter” of Apple Inc.  One of the products they announced at their special media event, the Apple Watch, is the first product in the wearables category.  It is truly a very personal device because introduces us to a new way of connecting and tracking our health and fitness.  Apple wasn’t looking to make a smart watch that was “only technology,” but a watch that had a “style element”.  It “had to be incredibly personal because you wear it”, it had to “reflect your tastes and express what you wanted to express about yourself.”  This is why they have six different bands, three main watch face materials, two sizes of watch faces and three collections.  These make the watch a very personal product.

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The newest generation of iPhone is the “biggest advancement ever in iPhone history” and they are the “best iPhones [Apple] have ever done.”  He goes on to say the phone is “lightning fast,” “screaming fast on the wireless network,” and it “feels unbelievable in your hand.”  Tim Cook also mentions that Samsung was not influential in the screen size of the iPhone 6, but he felt like Apple was finally able to make a larger phone that was better in “every single way.”

The interview goes on to talk about the Apple TV.  Tim Cook tells us about the problems with TV: it is outdated, shows must be recorded (if you remember to record them) and the interface is awful.  He says that Apple TV has taken important steps that include adding new content so you can do more with the TV then you could before.  The television is an area that Apple continues to look at.

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After listening to Tim Cook, I believe that Apple isn’t designing a traditional TV (code-named the “iTV”) and more likely creating a hybrid device between the iPhone and Apple TV.  It would incorporate the on-demand feature that eliminates the problem of remembering to record shows. It would be a technology that isn’t outdated, but futuristic and more simple.  Whether it’s a new set top box or an actual television, no one really knows, but it won’t be the “traditional TV” we are thinking about with the “iTV.”

The interview touches on the HealthKit platform, Apple’s acquisition of Beats, the enterprise partnership with IBM and a few controversies that Apple has been involved in recently.  Tim Cook also talks about Steve Jobs and how his vision is still present in the company and his heart.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Delayed From Record-Setting Preorders

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On early Friday morning, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders began.  Apple released a statement this morning saying they sold four million iPhones with preorders. They said the response was incredible and set a new record in iPhone history.

Introducing the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Introducing the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

An AT&T executive commented about the demand for the iPhones and said it was better then the two previous generations of iPhones. Sprint said the response was strong and T-Mobile apologized on Twitter for the problems in the preordering process.  Apple’s website went down for a few hours during the preorder period as well.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus delivery dates have slipped on the Apple website, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint websites.  On Apple.com, the iPhone 6 will be shipping in seven to ten business days and the iPhone 6 Plus in three to four weeks.  On the AT&T website, it could take up to thirty-five days for the iPhone 6 to ship and the iPhone 6 Plus won’t ship until November 9th to 27th.  It was rumored that Apple would have a much smaller supply of the larger iPhone.

If you are interested in purchasing an iPhone, you can head to your closest Apple Store and pick one up on launch day on Friday.  You’ll have to wait in line but it may be worth it if you prefer to have an iPhone 6 now versus next month (or worse, late November).

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Preorders Start Tonight

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were officially announced this past week at Apple’s special media event in Cupertino.  The iPhone 6, which has a 4.7″ display, is nearly identical to the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5″ display, except for a few features.  Besides the obvious screen size different, the larger phone has optical image stabilization in the camera, a lot more pixels per inch (401 versus 326), better battery life and a higher price tag.  Both phones go on preorder tonight at 12:01am PST online and at first light at many brick-and-mortars stores.

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

Customers who preorder the phone tonight will receive them on the first date of sale, Friday, September 19th.  Due to the high demand for the iPhone, businesses will likely sell out within minutes and the phones will be immediately backordered.  Your best bet is to secure your iPhone 6 the closest to 12:01am (or when your favorite store opens in the morning.)

If you are interested in preordering the phone online, the following stores will allow preorders starting at 12:01am PST:

  • Apple Store (app or website)
  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile

If you are interested in preordering the phone in-store, like at Best Buy and Walmart, you should call ahead to find out what time they are opening tomorrow. I would also suggest getting out your tent and sleeping bag to start forming a line tonight.

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for 16GB, then $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB (subsidized).  The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB (subsidized).  If you have AT&T Next or Verizon Edge, you could get the phone for free and just pay taxes when you preorder.  For more information about these plans, check out their respective websites (by clicking on each of the names.)