MacBreak Weekly 421
Topic: "Chinese Mafia" taking over the iPhone 6 buying lines, iPhone 6 Plus users are bending their phones, Apple's making changes with the Beats music service, and how to decide between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and more
Recorded: September 23, 2014
Published: September 23, 2014
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"Chinese Mafia" taking over the iPhone 6 buying lines, iPhone 6 Plus users are bending their phones, Apple's making changes with the Beats music service, and how to decide between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and more
- Leo Laporte ( /Google+)
- Alex Lindsay ( /Google+)
- Rene Ritchie ( /about.me)
- Andy Ihnatko ( /Google+)
iPhone 6 or 6 plus?
- Leo: Resolution is nice, but until apps are modified for size, it is not a major issue yet
- Andy: The cameras are both great, but the 6 plus does have an edge to the better
- Rene: Our testing did not reveal a major differences in the photos for the naked eye
- Andy: Front camera is using a technology called "One shot HDR"
- Leo: How is the battery life?
- Andy: Battery life on the 6 is decent, comparable to the 5s
- Rene: The 6 plus is much better and longer than the 6. LTE is faster than my home WiFi
- Alex: The primary deciding factor will be the image stabilization capabilities of the plus
- Andy: Once there are cases, it will determine much of how we use it. The 6 plus seems to be very "slippery."
- Rene: It seems the 6 is the linear successor to the iPhone and the 6 plus is something "new"
Apple Store experience
- Leo: Who waited? Me and Rene....
- Rene: Many Chinese were paid to sit and pickup phones to be taken to China
- Andy: It bothers me because you have people there who are not of the "Apple" community and it has lost something.
- Leo: It used to be a sense of cultural phenomenon, but now just seems to be gross consumerism
- Rene: The Apple computer reservation system went down during the first day.
- Leo: Steve Jobs used to come out to the line in Palo Alto, and Tim Cook did the same.
- Leo: The FDA is changing some rules about medical devices (GRAS)
- Alex: The AppleWatch will be very instrumental to HealthKit
- Rene: The developers and manufactures only got iOS 8 when we got it. The ramp up time will be about a year or so
- Alex: We will see many first movers at CES
- Alex: What will be the long term outcome of the AppleWatch against the other fitness bands (ie Fitbit, Fuelbands, etc...)
- Rene: If it is standard, than the info can be exchanged between the devices
- Leo: Apple needs to beat the "security/privacy" drum in order for consumers to adopt and use these kits
Bending iPhones and other issues
- Andy: There are reports of iPhones bending.
- Rene: It is a long, thin device and when people put it in their back pocket for all day it will start to bend
- Leo: Apple needs to educate people
- Rene: It seems that when iOS has a major update, it always affects WiFi
- Leo: There is also a music syncing issue
- Rene: A workaround, go into iTunes, uncheck "Sync Music" then re-enable it
- Leo: Camera Roll is gone, but replaced by Recent Pictures
- Leo: "Hey Siri" works on the Lock Screen. Possible to prank someone by activating their iDevice and command it to post a embarrassing message to Facebook.
Top Questions from Question Engine http://twit.to/mbw421
- Question: Jim
Tim Cook has said new technologies will be out this year, we've seen the AppleWatch, what else?
- Answer: Rene: It will be in the spring
Leo: The iPad could use TouchID. ApplePay will be coming out
- Question: Steven McGaully, St. Lois, MO b
What do we think of the rumor that the 12.5" MacBook Air Retina will be thinner, fanless with smaller bezels, what does that mean for other Mac Airs?
- Answer: Rene: Retina on the MBA will happen with the Broadwell processors
- Question: Sean Kennedy
Should we be a bit more concerned that Swift key and other 3rd party keyboards use server side processing and could save everything you are typing?
- Answer: Rene: This due to the infrastructure Apple has set up. The extension communicates with the app, but not actually the server.
Picks of the Week
- Andy's pick: GoodReader for iOS for $2.99 (on sale)
- Allows you to put any file found anywhere onto your iPhone, can auto discover all shared volumes
- Rene's pick: OnePassword for iOS 8 for freemium
- Able to auto load passwords not just on the web, but also in apps via "share sheets"
- Storehouse for iOS for free
- Allows you to take a few photos and quickly create a photo story
- Alex's pick: Talco for iOS for free
- Lets you use your voice in many new ways. VoIP, audio messages, and team communication
- Leo's pick: Riffsey Animated GIF keyboard for iOS
- Able to send GiFs in messages quickly and easily
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