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iPhone 6 Bendgate Blow Out of Proportion. Imagine That…

The last week in tech news, particularly Apple news, has seemingly all been around the iPhone 6 Bendgate saga.  It started with one YouTube user (I refuse to post who it was or link to the original video) and it went viral at a rate only the Interwebs can produce.  It culminated yesterday with a story on the site Consumerist of two teens bending iPhone 6’s (or attempting to at least) in an Apple store here in the UK.  It took them several tries but they finally got one to bend.

Peeps, it’s time to move on.  Do you know how many reports Apple has had of bent iPhone 6’s?

9

That’s right folks.  10 million plus units sold and they have had nine reported as bent.  That is an amazingly low number and if you believe the hype on the Internet, you would have thought 9 million had bent.  And what makes matters even worse, bend tests by Consumer Reports indicate that the iPhone 6 is no worse than any other device and in fact performs better than some devices when they are bent.  In an even funnier twist of fate, several manufactures who posted adverts pointing out the iPhone 6 bendgate issues, actually performed worse than the iPhone 6 on some of their devices when they were bent.

I don’t necessarily fault blogs and sites for posting on the bendgate saga.  There are a lot of sites out there, all clamouring for your attention, and a post on people having bent iPhone 6’s will almost guarantee a bump in traffic – which is a bump in potential ad revenue.  But we have purposely not posted on this until some more reasonable facts came out about it.  No I’m not saying we are more ethical or another site is less ethical.  It is our choice not to post rumours.  We rarely post on anything that is floating in the rumour mill or isn’t independently verified.  It’s just a stance we have taken.  Like it?  Great, happy you do.  Don’t like it?  Sorry, not going to change it.  The ethos of AlliOSNews is to help you, not confuse you.  We firmly believe that rumours and unverified reports do cause confusion and unnecessary worry.  So we don’t contribute.

iPhone 6 Bendgate is old news & overblown folks.  Time to move along to the next viral disaster.

 

 

Apple Releases Shellshock Security Fix for OS X

OS X users now have a security patch available to address the Shellshock security flaw that was discovered in recent weeks.  The update, which is available on the Apple Support website, is available for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion.  It is presumed that the issue is already addressed in OS X Yosemite or will be updated in a patch during its current beta cycle.

If you aren’t familiar with what the Shellshock security flaw is exactly, Apple provided the following statement to MacRumors last week on it.

Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind on this flaw.  First, you likely aren’t impacted so no need to panic at the disco.  Second, even if you never use Terminal and the shell commands, you should update anyway.  Better to be safe than sorry later.

HealthKit Apps Begin Appearing in The App Store

One of the big things that Apple addressed in iOS 8.0.2 last week was the bug that was impacting HealthKit.  In fact it was discovered so late that developers were literally having their HealthKit compatible apps pulled from the App Store hours before iOS 8 was released.  Whatever the issue was – I’ve not seen a full disclosure on what it was exactly – it now is fixed and HealthKit apps are starting to appear in the App Store.

iOS 8.0.2 Now Available

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 today for compatible iOS devices, fixing a number of issues with iOS 8 and the debacle that was iOS 8.0.1 earlier this week.  The update is available now via an over-the-air (OTA) update or by connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your Mac or PC via iTunes.

The headline fixes in this update include a fix for the issue that impacted cellular and Touch ID issues with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week with iOS 8.0.1.  iOS 8.0.2 addresses those issues and new iPhone users shouldn’t have any further issues.  The second big thing this update does is fix the bug in HealthKit that prevented apps from being able to use the service on your iPhone.  This now means that app developers can push their information into HealthKit so it can be a true repository for your medical, diet and exercise information.  With this now being out, I would encourage you to check for updates from your favourite health and fitness apps to get the updates that allow them to access HealthKit.

How iOS 8.0.1 Bug Could Have Killed ApplePay

The release of iOS 8.0.1 yesterday was anything but successful for Apple.  The update, which was aimed at fixing several issues with iOS 8, cause mobile service issues and disabled TouchID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.  It was another ugly step in what has not been Apple’s finest hour when it comes to releases.  Starting with the live stream of the iPhone 6 launch event and leading up to the debacle of the issues with iOS 8.0.1.

The bigger issue for Apple however, and why a Quality Assurance failure like iOS 8.0.1 cannot happen again, is that this issue could have been a crushing blow to ApplePay.  The new payment solution introduced this month is highly dependent on TouchID for authentication along with the security mechanisms in the iPhone 6 models.  Without TouchID, there are no purchases to be made through ApplePay.  That, if the timing had been wrong, could have been hard for Apple to overcome as they try to push this new payment process.

iOS 8 Performance On Older iPhones and iPads

First the good news:  iOS 8 can be installed on a whole range of iPhones and iPads, making sure you can use some of your older devices with the latest version from Apple (albeit with a few less features)

Now the bad news:  Well, there actually may not be any.

In previous upgrade cycles of iOS, the latest version always seem to bog down older devices.  In fact most owners of iPhones or iPads have experienced this.  For me, the worst was when I upgraded my original iPad to iOS 6.  It basically ground it to a halt and I ended up having to do a bit of trickery to get back to iOS 5.

I fully expected iOS 8 performance issues on older devices but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well it is done on an iPhone 4S and original iPad Mini.  While the 4S has suffered a little bit with it, the iPad Mini has pretty much not missed a beat.

Is Your iPhone Battery Life Better or Worse with iOS 8?

One of the never ending challenges it seems with iOS upgrades is battery life.  Almost every time there is an upgrade there is a percentage of users that are impacted by worse battery life on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch than with the previous version.  iOS 8 is no exception I’m sure… but I’m not hearing it as much.

I’ve upgraded all three of my primary iOS devices – iPhone 5s, iPad Air and original iPad Mini.  While I’ve not really seen much of a change on my iPads when it comes to battery life, I’ve seen a huge change on my iPhone battery life.  And it is for the better.  In fact it is substantially better.  On a typical day I would be at sub-50% battery life by midday.  Now I’m usually in the 60-70% remaining range.  That is significant given the amount of calls I make on my iPhone (usually at least 1.5 hours by midday each day).

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iOS 8 Adoption Rate Nears 50%

On the Apple Developer site, the company has published statistics showing that the iOS 8 adoption rate is at 46%, nearly matching the pace of the iOS 7 adoption rate last year.  The statistics come to Apple via the App Store where the device’s iOS version is identified upon connection.  The iOS 8 adoption rate is critical for Apple as it assures them that the majority of iOS users are running the latest version but also helps developers know that support for iOS 8 is critically important.

Just prior to the iOS 8 launch, iOS 7 enjoyed an adoption rate of 90% and since the release has dropped down to 49%.  Only 5% of all iOS users are using a version older than iOS 7.

10 Million iPhone 6 Sold in The First Weekend

If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about the demand for a larger display iPhone, this weekend should have removed all doubt.  Apple announced yesterday that in the first weekend of sales the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus had sold a stunning 10 million units globally.  This obliterated the 4 million iPhone 5s’ sold last year in the first weekend, a number that was impressive at the time but was what the iPhone 6 sold in pre-orders alone.

Apple has sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on September 19. The iPhones are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26. The new phones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year. “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

The challenge Apple has now, which always seems to be the challenge, is keeping up with demand.  If you consider that Apple single handedly disrupted the supply chain for Samsung by taking up a majority of cargo flights out of China in the weeks leading up to the launch, it is entirely likely that this trend will continue for some time.  For Samsung, who are launching the new Alpha, this is not good news.

Apple Launches Two New iPhone 6 Ads

Apple has released two new iPhone 6 ads on their YouTube site and will be coming to your television screen soon.  The two new adds highlight the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus while the second advert takes a look at the new Health app built into iOS 8.  It is the first of what I suspect will be many iPhone 6 ads.