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Will iOS 9 slow down my iPhone 4s or iPhone 5/5s? Perhaps a little (Video)

When Apple releases a new version of iOS, owners of previous generation devices are always a tad hesitant to upgrade, worried that the added features will bog down their device and make it run slower than it originally did. While iOS 9 has been the quickest adopted version of Apple’s operating system yet, there are […]

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Chance Miller

September 24th



Should You Update to iOS 9 on Your iPhone 4s?

Still have an iPhone 4s? iOS 9 is a bitter pill to swallow. Although you can technically download the new operating system if you so desire, you’ll miss out on some of the best features and speed improvements on iOS 9 . Bumsville.


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Chelsey B. Coombs

September 18th


I Used the iPhone 4s for Several Days and Didn’t Die

On Monday night, someone stole my iPhone 6. I had it in my pocket as I ran up the stairs to catch the soon-to-depart train, but when I sat down, it was gone.


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Chelsey B. Coombs

September 9th


Analytics highlights iPhone 6/Plus success, and failure of iPhone 5c and why Apple won’t do an iPhone 6c (Concept images anyway)


A day before the announcement of the new iPhones, analytics company Localytics has provided a picture of the iPhone market today. It shows that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus between them account for a full 40% of all iPhones in use, with the iPhone 5s trailing behind at 23.7%.

The same data also backs our report that the iPhone 5c is being discontinued, showing that it accounts for just 8.5% of active iPhones, putting it below the iPhone 4S. This can only add to doubts about whether the often rumored and debunked iPhone 6c (beautiful concept images below) could succeed … 

The domination of the iPhone 6/Plus is no surprise, following a succession of record sales since its launch a year ago, but while 5c sales were expected to be relatively low, they appear to have been worse than expected. Localytics based its data on monitoring apps running on more than 100M iPhones during August.

The poor showing of the 5c casts further doubt onto its rumored replacement, the 6c. While sources confirm that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch device, we’re not expecting to see it tomorrow. Some rumors suggested Apple was planning a later launch, in November, while KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has said we probably won’t see it until next year.

Given the apparent lack of interest in the 5c, you have to wonder whether launching a 6c makes sense at all – this year or next. Perhaps abandoning the plastic casing in favor of metal, simply using the size and specs to distinguish it, could give it a future? This is what Martin Hajek has shown in his latest concept images, the iPhone 6c depicted as simply a smaller version of the 6S.


Check out more images in the gallery below.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: analytics, Apple Inc, iPhone, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iphone 6s, iPhone breakdown, iPhone sales, Localytics

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Ben Lovejoy

September 8th



No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying

Screenshot 2015-08-27 08.42.58

While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don’t expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage. Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the company plans to move forward with actually releasing such a device.

In addition to not releasing a new 4-inch phone, Apple currently plans to discontinue the iPhone 5c upon the release of the new 6S and 6S Plus, according to sources. Launched in fall 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c has been controversial for its believed-to-be underwhelming sales numbers and aging feature set. Still available as of today, the iPhone 5c includes the A6 chip introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012 in addition to older cameras. But for those interested in 4-inch iPhone screens, Apple will retain the iPhone 5s from 2013 and drop the on-contract price to free, per sources. It is possible that the 5c could stay on sale in some regions, much like the iPhone 4 remained available in some budget-conscious countries following its U.S. discontinuation.

While Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 upon the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple is expected to keep selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after the new 6S and 6S Plus models begin shipping. Of course, the 2014 iPhones will drop in price by $100 a piece, staggered by capacity, at least for carriers offering pricing similar to last year’s. In summary, it appears that this fall’s new iPhone line up will be the following: the 5s as the entry-level device, the 6 and 6 Plus in the middle, and the new 6S and 6S Plus sitting at the top of the lineup. The new phones will include faster processors, 12-megapixel rear cameras with 4K video support, Force Touch, more efficient cellular chips built by Qualcomm, and animated wallpapers.

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Mark Gurman

August 27th



Opinion: No, Force Touch isn’t going to be iPhone 6S’s signature feature


Every time Apple is expected to release an S-series iPhone — the 3GS, the 4S, the 5s, and now the 6S — pundits rush to discount the value of each anticipated new feature, claiming that it won’t be enough to boost iPhone sales. Yet historically, every prediction of iPhone sales peaks or declines has been wrong: each iPhone, whether a big “tick” or small “tock” on Apple’s upgrade schedule, has outsold its predecessors. Even without form factor or screen changes, speed sold the iPhone 3GS, Siri boosted the 4S, and Touch ID and camera improvements helped the 5s. (In S years, improved distribution, new color options, and price and capacity tweaks have made a big difference, too.)

This week, analysts and pundits have co-opted my colleague Mark Gurman’s scoop that Force Touch on the iPhone 6S will be used for shortcuts across iOS, suggesting that Force Touch isn’t going to be exciting enough to make people upgrade. That’s true, but also so obvious as to be ridiculous: Apple certainly won’t pitch a pressure-sensitive screen as the iPhone 6S’s marquee new feature. Force Touch debuted in the Apple Watch, but it’s not even mentioned on the first Apple Watch page on Apple.com, instead showing up in the fifth paragraph of the “Technology” page. It’s similarly found only paragraphs down on the page of the 12″ MacBook where it made its Mac debut.

With the notable exception of the iPad mini 3, Apple never releases new devices with only one new feature to hook customers. Even a month before it’s announced, it’s a virtual certainty that the iPhone 6S will arrive with camera improvements and faster processors, most likely a new color option, and Force Touch as one of many small but nice additions. So long as Apple gets distribution and international pricing right, the iPhone 6S is going to do just fine…

Apple has been focusing a lot of 2015’s iPhone advertising on camera performance for a reason. Even with lower megapixel counts and without optical zoom versus dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, every new iPhone takes a bigger bite out of the large camera market by annually improving photo and video quality. The better Apple gets at marketing iPhones as a viable alternative to $200-$400 standalone cameras, the less an iPhone’s price difference matters versus an otherwise similar-looking Android phone.

The other key focuses of Apple’s “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” campaign have been broad app support, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Here, you’re seeing Apple performing a pre-iPhone 6S branding exercise, building trust and admiration for the existing iPhone product line. Most smartphone buyers wait several years to buy new phones. When they make a switch, Apple wants the latest iPhone to be widely understood as the industry’s gold standard, and thus the preferred choice of both past and new customers.

Both the ads and past Apple history strongly suggest that the signature features of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will, like prior iPhones, be camera and performance improvements. To any claim that iPhone cameras are already “great enough,” I’d suggest that there’s plenty of room for meaningful improvements. If Apple merely bumped both iPhone 6S cameras’ pixel counts for still images, iPhones could offer more detailed iSight photos, markedly better crops akin to optical zoom, and radically better selfies. On the video side, 4K video support would kill any chance that iPhone owners would purchase standalone 4K camcorders.

Annual CPU and GPU performance improvements are obvious and inevitable at this point, but they can also be powerful reasons to upgrade if demonstrated properly. Showing off a couple of console-quality games running on an iPhone’s new graphics processor would drop jaws. And no one will complain when the A9 offers improved battery life, either.

Force Touch is a comparatively small element in Apple’s strategy. Unless Apple has some smart Force Touch shortcuts in the offing (say, Force Touch Phone or FaceTime to call your favorite person, Force Touch Maps to get instant guidance back home, or Force Touch Music to start playing your favorite playlist), the feature may not be super exciting at first. But over time, pressure sensitivity may enable easier signatures or handwriting on iPhone (and iPad) screens — the new iOS 9 Notes app may well have been built for this. And don’t write off the potential of well-implemented haptic feedback to improve the way your fingers feel when interacting with Apple’s devices, either.

So don’t expect Force Touch to be a signature feature of the iPhone 6S. It’s just one of fifty little tweaks that the new iPhones will use to make their overall user experience better in ways that may or may not be completely obvious to users. There will be bigger hardware improvements, and as with earlier iPhone S-models, they’ll certainly be enough to bring millions of customers to the Apple Store come September.

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Jeremy Horwitz

August 11th



Apple Stores boost trade-in values for older iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S this month

A man holds a new Apple iPhone 5S next to his iPhone 5 at an Apple Store at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district

For the month of June, Apple is giving a small boost to its trade-in price values for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S, according to Apple Store sources. Using the Reuse and Recycle program, a customer can bring in an older iPhone model and receive gift card credit toward the purchase of a newer iPhone. Likely in order to spur some new iPhone sales this month, Apple is offering the following improvements to its trade-in pricing:

iPhone 4S: $50 of credit instead of $35

iPhone 5: $100 of credit instead of $85

iPhone 5S: $200 of credit instead of $175

Unsurprisingly, the still-on-sale iPhone 5S gets the biggest value boost this month as Apple can likely re-use and recycle some of the parts for refurbished units. This month’s change is only available in the United States. For those with non-iPhones, Apple recently debuted a version of the program for you.

These prices will fluctuate based on the condition of your iPhone, but they should be higher regardless in comparison to previous months. However, they are still not as aggressive as current offers from Amazon‘s trade-in program, so it is worth comparing to find the best value.

Image via Reuters. 

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Mark Gurman

June 1st



Opinion: How soon is too soon for an Apple Watch 2?


Apple’s upcoming retail overhaul for displaying the Watch

A lot of my techie friends are saying that the entry priced-Apple Watch Sport will be their pick next month, and not because of the exterior look. The theory is that Sport is the cheapest way to experience Apple’s new product category in 2015, and since the second-gen Apple Watch will inevitably be upgraded, why pay a premium this year for nicer materials such as stainless steel and sapphire glass?

Despite the Apple Watch’s desire to marry jewelry with technology, it hasn’t lost the baggage gadgets carry, namely the reality that they’ll be outdated and replaced in a relatively short period of time. If the Apple Watch evolves anything like the original iPad did when it became the iPad 2, the differences could be dramatic.

Personally, when I think about getting more perceived value out of a higher-priced stainless steel Apple Watch rather than testing the waters with the cheaper aluminum model, I’m more concerned with how soon the Apple Watch 2 will be announced rather than how much more functional the newer device could be. No matter what happens with the first-generation model, an Apple Watch 2 will come to market. How will Apple balance keeping the Apple Watch evolutionary momentum going with keeping the first-generation model “modern” for enough time to satisfy early adopters?

The reality is that anything goes after the current Apple Watch launches on April 24th. Apple’s history of updating products shows that the company never rules out deviating from the typical 12-month product upgrade cycle. The Apple Watch upgrade cycle is history waiting to be written, but some iOS devices (not considering the stagnated iPod touch) have remained at flagship status for more than 16 months, while others were upgraded after just 7 short months.

If an Apple Watch 2 powered by an S2 chip with even more sensors arrives 6 months after the original Apple Watch goes on sale, original Apple Watch owners wouldn’t lose any functionality from the product they only recently bought; there will just be a newer version to decide to buy or not, and a mild dose of frustration for those who didn’t hold out for the second-gen model.

Here are some of the possibilities illustrating how long the original Apple Watch will remain the only Apple Watch:

The Apple Watch could be the next iPad 3, in terms of time spent as the current model (and maybe weight and thickness, if the next-gen watch slims down). The iPad 4 was unveiled just 7 months after the iPad 3, moving the tablet launch month from March to October. While the iPad family benefitted from having a better flagship product, customers who had spent $500+  to have the latest tablet enjoyed a rather short bragging period, even given natural evolution in the tech world.

Measuring the Apple Watch’s lifespan is more complicated for a few reasons: it received an early pre-announcement before launch, and will be sold into a small list of countries at first. Apple originally unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014, and customers won’t be able to own the device until April 2015. That’s a 7-month span — about the lifespan of the iPad 3 — that you could loosely consider as part of the product’s life cycle. Add 12 months without a hardware update from the time it goes on sale until the next release, and we’re looking at 19 months with the first-gen Watch being the only Apple Watch we know. Calls to innovate would inevitably follow.

With that in mind, it’s not impossible to imagine an Apple Watch 2 update taking place at the end of this year, although I admit I would feel a tad slighted as an Apple Watch 1 customer. Spring 2016 (historically more likely) would satisfy me.

The Apple Watch could be the next iPhone 4. Remember how long it felt between the iPhone 4 unveiling and the highly anticipated iPhone 4S announcement? 16 months in between meant everyone was more than ready for the “iPhone 5″ before Apple revealed the iPhone 4S, featuring nearly identical external hardware and an improved camera paired with Siri. If Apple used March 2016 to reveal the next Watch, that would amount to 18 months in between the announcement and successor, but only 11 months between shipping and the next version. Both the second-gen iPhone and second-gen iPad took this approach.

Keep in mind also that the Apple Watch will only be for sale in nine countries next month, with additional markets likely lighting up in the months that follow. These markets will supplement Apple Watch sales, adding new potential customers during a lengthy product cycle similar to the iPhone 4’s Verizon launch in January 2011, and the white iPhone 4’s delayed release in April 2011.

Apple took nearly 6 months between the original iPhone unveiling and the release, then announced the iPhone 3G 12 months later, a month before its release. Similarly, the original iPad was announced 3 months before going on sale, then replaced after 12 months. Again, bear in mind that the Apple Watch has 7 months lead time between announcement and release, longer than either product.

Apple Watch Things app

Native Apple Watch apps are coming in 2015. Adding native app support from third-party developers — not just extension-like WatchKit apps — to the Apple Watch will be a big deal on the software side. An SDK for creating such apps is on its way this year. Showing it off in June at WWDC, then letting developers ship in the fall a year after the Apple Watch’s first unveiling, would pad the extended life cycle.

Changing this aspect of the software would “update” the Apple Watch lineup without changing the physical product. Come next spring, a March or April Apple Watch 2 announcement would give original Apple Watch customers adequate time to own Apple’s new device before being asked to consider upgrading to the newer, better version or not.

There’s also chatter that new materials are being considered for the casing of the Apple Watch. From the perspective of someone interested in spending a little more money for nicer materials while hoping a newer version doesn’t surface too soon, I’d still be satisfied with my purchase if a revved Apple Watch lineup added new material options while offering the same internal hardware and features. It’s the promise of new sensors and improved battery life that tempt upgrading.


So what should you make of all this information? For me, this is an exercise in determining the value of paying a premium for materials that deliver nearly the same utility — for $200 more, the sapphire front will be more protective by some factor than the Ion-X glass found on the Sport model. I would be more likely to upgrade from an Apple Watch to an Apple Watch 2 if I only paid the utility price for a Sport model, but investing in a stainless steel first-gen model would make me hold on to my purchase a little while longer than I might otherwise consider with a tech product.

As I mentioned above, other people are considering these issues when deciding which Apple Watch to purchase, even if they’re already sold on the utility of the device. If you knew the Apple Watch 2 was actually 24 months away from being announced, would you consider paying more for a nicer version now?

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Zac Hall

April 3rd



Unlikely supply-chain rumor suggests a 4-inch iPhone model next year

A new iPhone 4S doesn't seem a likely prospect

A new smaller-screen iPhone doesn’t seem a likely bet …

Japanese site Feng, seemingly citing DigiTimes as a source, is reporting the unlikely claim that Apple will next year replace the iPhone 5c with a new 4-inch model.

While it’s not impossible that Apple would want to drop the 5c, it’s hard to see any rationale for a return to a smaller-screened model – and I speak as someone who liked the 3.5-inch screen of my 4S until upgrading to the iPhone 6 this year. The reality is that the iPhone 6 fits into pockets and doesn’t feel like a large phone, something Jony Ive said was a key reason for the rounded edges: making it feel smaller than it is. People like me have gotten over it.

Feng references one-handed use as a reason for the change, but while Apple may have once made a feature of the small screen, the company addressed the issue with reachability. A double-tap (not press) on the home button brings everything within reach of your thumb.

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Ben Lovejoy

December 4th



Don’t Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

Don't Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

Apple assures us that iOS 8 , which goes out to the public today, will work on iPhones reaching all the way back to the venerable 4S . Technically, that's true. But as Ars Technica found out the hard way, subjecting your elderly iPhone to new software can be downright cruel.


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Robert Sorokanich

September 17th

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