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In January, we reported that Apple would be launching a new 4-inch iPhone in March with a design “nearly identical” to that of the iPhone 5s from 2013. Since then, several rumors and teases from various case makers have teased that the new 4-inch iPhone may have a design that looks a bit closer to the iPhone 6 in both shape and look. Checks with additional sources indicate that the iPhone SE, to be launched at Apple’s March 21st event next week, will look “almost exactly the same” as the iPhone 5s…
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Flickr today released their list of most popular cameras and brands used for photos shared on their site this year, and it’s no surprise that Apple’s iPhone continues to top the list. The iPhone 6 alone tops the list of most popular camera on Flickr in 2015, accounting for 5% of all photographers on the photo sharing site this year. Various models of the iPhone from 2015 and earlier still in use take 8 out of the 20 slots on the top camera list this year. In total, Apple-branded cameras made up 18.52% of ones used on the service this year.
Ranked in order of popularity by percentage, the list includes iPhone 6 at 5%, iPhone 5s at 4.9%, iPhone 5 at 4.2%, iPhone 4s at 3.5%, iPhone 4 at 2.5%, iPhone 6 Plus at 2.2%, and iPhone 5c at 1.8%. Flickr also lists the iPad (presumably all models combined) at 1.1%.
Note that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus did not register in the top 20 list which ends with the Nikon D3100 at 1% as the latest iPhones were only available for a small portion of the year sampled. Going into 2016, the latest iPhone models feature significant camera upgrades over past models, further replacing dedicated point-and-shoot cameras for many¬†consumers and even DSRLs for some.
Compare that to Android which saw Samsung smartphones make the list but in lower listings. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first Android cameraphone on the chart in 11th place at 1.5% of all photographers, followed by the S5 in 13th at 1.2% and S3 in 19th with 1.1%.
Flickr also found that iPhone users often use multiple devices to upload photos, most commonly various iPhone models followed by different Canon cameras. You can read the full study here¬†and see the top list below.
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Apple is not a stranger to class action suits and the iPhone maker will soon have to defend itself in a new class action that alleges Apple has knowingly¬†ignored and concealed a Wi-Fi defect in various iPhone models, which resulted in overages for the affected customers.
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There’s nothing like a little controversy when a new smartphone is launched to get people debating online. Remember ‘#scratchgate’ when the iPhone 5’s slate blue anodized finished scratched off really easily? Or last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, which some said¬†bent really easily? Put those two hashtag-gates together and you apparently have the latest flagship Android phone.¬†The Nexus 6P is the newest¬†pure Android phone from Google, and is about to come under some new scrutiny from prospective buyers thanks to a video from Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube…
In the video, Jerry takes the Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, through a series of tests to see how durable it is. He tests its ability to withstand scratching, overheating and bending. Sadly, the phone didn’t do so well in any of the three tests:
Testing nine different materials with increasing hardness against the display reveals that it will start to scratch from friction with any product that has a rating of 6 or higher on Mohs scale of hardness. What’s perhaps worse is that having scratched the screen, a light tap on the front glass panel made a long crack appear along the surface. He scratched the back metal too and noted how incredibly easy the anodized finish was to mark permanently, even with some keys.
To test the display’s performance against extreme heat, he took a flame to the panel and, again, it doesn’t do so well. The flame caused a white spot to burn in to the display panel which didn’t go away.
Then came the bend test. And to quote Jerry, his “little sister could have bent this phone in half with her hands”. In the comments section in response to a question, he even said the phone bent easier than an iPhone 6 Plus. So it’s practically made from paper… or not.
The problem with the bend test part is that the phone’s structure has already been compromised when the screen cracked. As you can see in this video, an unharmed version of the same phone is almost impossible to bend:
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One commenter in a growing thread on reddit puts it like this:
Can confirm, this is the reason right here. Cracked glass means that you no longer have a boxed structure ‚Äď you‚Äôre effectively bending a flat sheet of aluminum now.
In automotive and aerospace engineering, we call this a ‚Äúbody in white‚ÄĚ, compared to a fully assembled vehicle. In a car, the front and rear windshield alone increase the stiffness of the frame by a factor of 2x. This is why crash testing is done with a fully assembled car, rather than just the frame and restraint system.
While it’s probably not a perfect analogy, it does explain the results pretty well. What’s more, it’s worth noting the phone cracked and bent in the same area the heat did the worst damage to the display. Extreme heat undoubtedly compromised that part of the phone.
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While there’s little¬†question that Apple will release an¬†iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus next month,¬†analysts and supply chain rumors have been all over the map as to when¬†Apple will introduce a so-called iPhone 6C. Prominent leaker Evan Blass chimed in today with a tweet¬†countering¬†the general consensus, writing: “Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently.”¬†Given Blass’s track record of accurately revealing details of unreleased smartphones under the @evleaks Twitter account, it’s worth considering that Apple could indeed release a new iPhone 6C alongside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at next month’s expected event.
Few people doubt that¬†an updated iPhone 5c will eventually appear under the iPhone 6C moniker. The question has mostly been timing, namely when Apple would update the 4-inch form factor given its desire to sell 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones. Many predictions have pointed toward sometime next year.
This cycle could make sense, though. The plastic, colorful iPhone 5c is based on the hardware of the 2012 iPhone 5. In the United States and most major markets, Apple dropped the iPhone 4S with the iPhone 6¬†cycle. It¬†would presumably be the iPhone 5’s turn to retire if it was still in the lineup this year, and the iPhone 5c is essentially the same phone.
But what would an iPhone 6C have to offer? When the iPhone 5s was introduced in 2013, the iPhone 5c was in part a way to physically differentiate the similar-looking iPhone 5¬†from the more powerful iPhone 5s¬†while keeping the same specs in the lineup.
That’s not exactly a problem with the iPhone 5s and any iPhone 6-class phone, as their screen sizes and form factors are very different. However,¬†the iPhone 6C could certainly be an opportunity to pair¬†Touch ID,¬†Apple Pay,¬†and iPod touch 6th-gen-level¬†hardware (the same A8 chip found in the iPhone 6) with a 4-inch screen. It would also let Apple continue to offer a wider range of colors in its entry-level model, which could be lost to gray, silver, and gold if the iPhone 5s was left untouched.¬†Whether Apple chooses another plastic enclosure or an iPod touch-like metal, it¬†wouldn’t be surprising to see an inexpensive iPhone show up in the same¬†tones of pink and blue introduced with the new iPods.
The mix of analyst predictions and supply chain leaks have pointed toward an iPhone 6C materializing at some point,¬†whether it’s this year¬†with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus¬†or next year in an off-cycle refresh. Rumors of Apple releasing an iPhone model off-cycle from another major model have existed in the past ‚ÄĒ including reports that the¬†iPhone 6 Plus was expected to come after¬†the iPhone 6 ‚ÄĒ¬†but so far Apple has only launched refreshed iPhone hardware at¬†a single event each year. Perhaps that pattern¬†will continue and we will see a new iPhone 6C next month after all.
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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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Apple today officially launched a version of its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program for¬†China, as noted on the individual store pages for China’s Apple Retail Stores. As is the case¬†in the United States and several other countries with Apple Stores, the program¬†allows a user to bring in an older iPhone model and trade in that device for gift card credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone;¬†the program will most likely not allow a customer to trade in an iPhone toward the purchase of an Apple Watch.¬†But as contrasted with¬†the¬†U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Italy, the new China program is limited to iPhones and iPads, and will not support non-Apple smartphones.
While Apple is partnered with BrightStar in many countries to recycle traded-in iPhones, Apple will sell¬†the phones returned in China to Foxconn, which will in turn repair and flip the phones on secondary markets. In the United States, iPhone customers have numerous trade-in options, including¬†Amazon’s ship-free, instant-quote trade-in system,¬†and¬†Gazelle’s aggressive cell phone trade-in program.
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