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Apple’s Pfabulous Phablet And The 64-Bit Advantage; Is It Enough?

Posted by Charles Moore under Uncategorized on Thursday Sep 11, 2014

“Seldom have so many waited so breathlessly for so little,” tweeted veteran business journalist and Seeking Alpha blogger Dana Blankenhorn (http://www.danablankenhorn.com), commenting on Tuesday’s Apple announcements. Atlanta-based Blenkenhorn is bearish on Apple, but he had a point. My own dominant impression was: “no surprises.” However, that’s more observation than complaint. As one who follows every tidbit of intelligence that emerges in the rumor stream for months preceding Apple product announcements, I can hardly object when the scuttlebutt turns out to be largely accurate, which it was in this instance.

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Mobile payments, iOS 8, A-8 system on chip (SoC), 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, upgraded cameras, and so forth, had already been baked into expectations of Apple-watchers. Hearing the official word from Apple was more confirmation of what we were pretty confident we already knew, not so much breaking news. Even the iPhone 6 Sapphire Screen no-show had been pretty much discounted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and others for several weeks now.

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Not to say that the iPhone 6 and 6+ don’t represents a solid and substantial upgrade. However, features like the improved cameras (still just 8 megapixels for the rear-facing unit but video at 1080p and a slow-motion)option at 240 fps) and a 25 percent faster processor (still dual-core and reportedly still just 1 GB of RAM) are more evolutionary than revolutionary, but not unwelcome. Apple Pay sounds promising, and is reportedly expected to add $billions to Apple’s balance sheet from transaction fees, but it’s not re-invention of the wheel. the biggest story is the availability of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but we all expected that.

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However, the iPhone 6 and 6+ with their A8 SoCs, believed to be built with Taiwan Semiconductor’s state of the art 20nm fabrication process, help maintain and advance the iPhone’s technology advantage of offering 64-bit mobile processors combined with a true 64-bit operating system across the board.

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Apple claimed in their iPhone 6 presentation that the A8 has twice the number of transistors, and that the iPhone 6 is 25 percent faster than the than the already very lively A7, even though it’s 13 percent smaller and about 50 percent more energy-efficient. However, AnandTech says the iPhone 6 is also said to offer 84x the GPU performance of the iPhone 1, and observes that while last year Apple said the A7 offered 56x the iPhone 1’s performance, we can accurately infer that the A8 must be 1.5x faster.

Whatever, the iPhone 6/6+ can be safely assumed to be a speedy performer. It’s a bit disappointing that a rumoured increase of RAM capacity from 1 GB to 2 GB didn’t materialize, especially casting an eye ahead to the next iPad, where it’s more of an issue. However, 1 GB combined with the A8′s enhanced computing power should be ample for smartphones.

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Is the iPhone 6 enough? I expect it will prove to be plenty to revivify iPhone sales quite handily and even claw back some market share. Apple has now erased the screen size advantage Android competitors have enjoyed for the past couple of years as phablet popularity gained traction, and recent surveys indicate that large-screen units will be the hottest-selling smartphone category for the foreseeable future (another thing, like 7-inch tablets, that the late Steve Jobs wasn’t quite right about, with Apple now well-armed to enter the phablet fray.

A solid triple-base hit for Apple, but IMHO short of a home run.

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Beware the “Ives” of March?

Hello, fellow iPhone 6′ers! Can you believe that we actually made it to yet another iPhone announcement? The iPhone 6 is one of those long- and oft-rumored Apple devices that goes so far back that I think we can all remember when it was discussed as only being just one model. Now, however, we’re living in the post-Steve Jobs era, where anything goes, and we ended up with a hardcore iPhone lover’s dream: a really big iPhone 6 phablet. After rolling out two sizes of an overhauled iPhone 6, no one will be able to complain about the iPhone.

. . . but of course, people still will.

There’s no sense in me rehashing all of the new specs, since the major tech news organizations have already that heavy lifting. Thus, what is there to write about? Well, for one, what about Apple’s decision to once again go back to the well and do a dual release, with the add-on of announcing the also-long-rumored Apple Watch? A triple announcement definitely favors the consumer, but will it also favor the company?

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Notions of a dual iPhone 6 release with a larger 5.5-inch phablet offering still remain largely circumspects. However, the intel pointing to the iPhone 6 “base model” getting upgraded to a 4.7-inch display has come one step closer to pre-Apple announcement reality, thanks to an impressive new video from tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, whose latest video revealing what purports to be the screen of the new 4.-7-inch iPhone 6 has received well over 2.5 million views. What the video reveals is an impressive new display for the iPhone 6 that would appear to near-confirm that iPhone users at least enjoy a 4.7-inch screen.

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iphone 6 battery life

If you go by the prevailing rumors, the iPhone 6 is about to get a lot bigger. Should the prospect of a dual-release iPhone 6, complete with a 4.7-inch standard model and 5.5-inch pro supplemental model prove true, a swath of serious mobile users clamoring for years for a big-screened iPhone will no longer have anything to carp about — at least not about the display.

While the display is probably going to get bigger, new rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 battery may remain relatively similar in capacity to that of the 5S, fueling fears of battery drain issues.

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iPhone 6 Phablet To Get 128GB: Rumor

Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 Rumors on Friday Jul 4, 2014

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Hardcore mobile gadget geeks have decried Apple’s lagging iPhone screen sizes, which many believe are currently well more than an inch behind the Android competition. From all accounts, Cupertino is concerned about it as well, and will use the iPhone 6 release as a platform to deliver two new large-screened smartphones in succession — one in the 4.7-inch range, and another perhaps measuring in at 5.5-inches.

However, it’s quite possible that the latter 5-5-inch “phablet” iPhone 6 will have more than just display real estate as a selling point. A new rumor out of Asia suggests that the iPhone 6 phablet may offer the largest amount of storage yet offered on an iPhone.

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UPDATE: New iPhone 6 Mockup Walks Back Fugly Form Factor Fears

Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 Opinion on Friday Jul 4, 2014

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Were the early renderings of the iPhone 6 based on leaked schematics a glimpse into a device that had lost touch with Apple’s iconic aesthetics, or a mere “ugly duckling” that will blossom into a swan by summer’s end, when Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new device on stage in Cupertino? Earlier in the week, BGR-obtained mock-ups of the iPhone 6 suggested a truly fugly, new iPhone that would be too homely to sport the Apple logo. However, late-breaking glimpses at the rounded glass of the iPhone 6′s screen, together with some new renderings, have BGR’s Zach Epstein changing his tune.

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iphone 6 comparison with 5SA recent spate of leaks and mocks-ups based on leaks have ratcheted up excitement for the impending announcement and release of the iPhone 6, which will most likely take place in late summer or early fall, as has been the recent trajectory for new iPhones. However, early glimpses and guesses at the back of the new iPhone 6 have been troubling to the tech media and iPhone enthusiasts alike, who perceive it be a rather homely aesthetic overhaul of the current iPhone 5S.

In the last 24 hours, however, a new leak of the front of the iPhone 6 should offer iPhone users some hope. Read More

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