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Apple’s iPhone continues to top Flickr’s most popular camera list in 2015

iPhone 6 iSight camera

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.

iPhone Flickr List


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Zac Hall

December 18th



Lawsuit alleges Apple knowingly concealed an iPhone Wi-Fi defect

iPhone 5s AT&T Wi-Fi Class Action Apple

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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Chris Smith

December 18th



Video suggests Nexus 6P bends easier than iPhone 6 Plus, scratches like an iPhone 5


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:

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 – you’re effectively bending a flat sheet of aluminum now.

In automotive and aerospace engineering, we call this a “body in white”, 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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Cam Bunton

October 30th



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



Prominent leaker claims iPhone 6C release next month as others predict 2016

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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 — including reports that the iPhone 6 Plus was expected to come after the iPhone 6 — 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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Zac Hall

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



Apple launches iPhone and iPad trade-in program in China Apple Stores

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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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Mark Gurman

April 1st



Opinion: Understanding the extended period between the Apple Watch event and next month’s launch

Christy Turlington Burns & Tim Cook

Apple has shown off the Apple Watch at a special event now on two occasions: first after the iPhone 6 last September, then after the new 12-inch MacBook last week. We know how the Apple Watch will look, how much it will cost, when we can buy it and for how much. Many developers are ready to ship apps for the Apple Watch, and we’re already seeing an accessory market for Apple’s wearable.

Since last week’s event, I’ve been thinking about why Apple might have chosen to have its second Apple Watch unveiling more than a month before people can actually buy the device. My conclusion? It’s complicated, but mostly necessary considering the complexity of actually buying the right watch.

Apple’s motivation is to ensure that you have an iPhone 5 or later before next month, and that you have the answer to a number of questions including how many millimeters your wrist measures if you plan to pre-order before trying on an Apple Watch. And because we know how major iPhone launches go with getting the exact model you want, pre-ordering will be the first opportunity to secure the Apple Watch of your choice or risk waiting even longer.

Why So Early?

If for no other reason, Apple needed to do something to keep the hype going between September 9th (when it first unveiled the watch) and April 24th (when the watch will be available) That’s 227 days, and 227 days feels infinite in the tech cycle.

On the other hand, holding the last big event before the watch goes on sale to the public so far in advance runs the risk of potentially losing momentum before even the pre-order date. More likely, though, is that the scale of interest in the Apple Watch has gotten so high that the worst that could happen is the watch becomes a smaller part of the conversation again before completely stealing our attention once again.

For Apple, it’s primetime to get the word out that Apple Watch is coming.

iOS 8.2 and Apple Watch app

How does the Apple Watch continue to be a part of the conversation over the next few weeks? In part, iOS 8.2 and the Apple Watch app. Apple needed to ship iOS 8.2 far ahead of the watch since it’s required for pairing to an iPhone. We now have this non-functional Apple Watch app on our iPhones, though, and the watch is still weeks away. That’s 46 days, to be exact, between iOS 8.2 adding it to our homescreens and the first day we can actually pair it with an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app will be even more important once the product goes on sale and people can actually buy the device and put the app to use.

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Early 2015 to Late April

When the Apple Watch was shown off last September, Tim Cook first said that it would be available in early 2015. Cook later specified that the watch development was on track for release in April standing by the description of early 2015.

Apple products tend to go on sale on Fridays, so I suspected an April 24th release based on being the last possible Friday in that month. The early March event, however, made me second guess that assumption thinking that maybe Apple would surprise and delight with an even earlier ship date, possibly in March.

Given the amount of information we learned last week — and more so the number of decisions you need to make before buying an Apple Watch — the extended period between last week’s event and next month’s launch makes a lot more sense to me.

Get Your Affairs in Order

Aside from the usual decisions you have to make like how you will pay and where you plan to buy, the Apple Watch requires a whole list of other decisions unique to the watch unlike any other Apple product.

There are the obvious decisions like which casing — aluminum, steel, or gold — you plan to buy, then you have to choose between various band materials and colors. There’s also the choice between 38mm and 42mm cases (the Apple Store app makes this easier).

The tricky part comes in when you look at specific band sizes. Unless you’re buying the Apple Watch Sport which includes both available band size options, expect to need to decide between particular band sizes.

Apple Watch band sizes

For example, the leather loop band for the 42mm Apple Watch is offered in Medium for 150-185mm wrists and Large for 180-210mm wrists. The modern buckle for the 38mm Apple Watch has even more options: Small for 135-150mm, Medium for 145-165mm, and 160-180mm wrists.

I don’t know the size of my wrist in millimeters without measuring, and I bet I’m not alone. Picking up a soft measuring tape before pre-orders on April 10th is high on my to-do list. Between learning band sizes and the upcoming pre-order date, Apple has offered 32 days and a helpful band sizing chart to prepare.

Pre-order or Anything Goes

Of course, the Apple Watch will be available to preview at Apple Stores for two whole weeks before anyone can actually take it home. This period will be useful for deciding which band fits best, but we have no idea how soon each Apple Watch will sell out during pre-orders so I wouldn’t recommend relying on this method. Among our readers, the space gray aluminum model and space black steel model are especially popular.

Apple Watch Sport

While that two week pre-order period also seems lengthy, it’s not unprecedented. The first iPad, for example, had a three week pre-order period. Nevertheless, if you have your heart set on a specific Apple Watch style, I would take advantage of online pre-orders as early as possible or risk waiting or picking another option altogether.

Apple Watch Logistical Nightmare

We see this more and more lately with iPhone launches. As Apple offers more carrier options (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and colors (space gray, silver, gold) in addition to storage options (16GB, 64GB, 128GB), it becomes more difficult around launch time to actually find the specific configuration you want in stock.

The Apple Watch will be the same way, only 100 times worse. Rather than choosing between carriers, colors, storage, and screen size, you have material, material color, case size, band, band size, and band color.

Apple Watch

For example, you show up for a $399 42mm Apple Watch Sport in silver/white or space gray/black, but the only options are silver/green, pink, or blue, possibly even in 38mm. Repeat this scenario a dozen times and you see why pre-ordering as soon as possible will be critical to getting the Apple Watch at launch that you want.

All the more reason to get your affairs in order sooner than later and take advantage of the stretch of time between the Apple Watch events and the Apple Watch launch. While Apple will have a new Reserve and Preview system at its retail stores to accompany the launch, the new system will really only be useful if inventory for each Apple Watch style is up to demand.

Bottom Line

The Apple Watch launch is a logistical complexity for both Apple and customers. While the extended period between the event and the launch may seem empty, it’s really time to make some important decisions if you expect to have the Apple Watch on day one.

For Apple, the company is putting together all the right pieces to pull off a massive launch. For developers, it’s crunch time to get WatchKit apps ready to the Apple Watch App Store. For customers, though, it’s time to find the answer to a number of questions before buying the Apple Watch.

If you’re planning on buying an Apple Watch at launch, do you know where, which style, and even which band size? Let us know which Apple Watch in our mega poll, and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Zac Hall

March 16th



iPhone 5 battery replacement program extended into January 2016

iPhone 5

When Apple launched its iPhone 5 battery replacement program last year, the company said that it would accept devices for replacement up to two years after purchase. Because the devices with the faulty batteries were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, two years from that date range would have given buyers until January 2015 (or March 1st, 2015, according to the page) to get their devices swapped.

However, as spotted by iPhone in Canada, Apple today updated the copy on the page to state that replacements would be accepted for an additional year. The page now says that users may return their defective units until three years after the date of purchase, pushing the end date for the program back to January 2016 for those who bought their phones near the end of the time when affected models were sold.

Since only certain phones were impacted by this problem, users will need to plug their iPhone’s serial number into Apple’s support page to find out if they qualify for a replacement.

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Mike Beasley

March 6th



New Apple Pay FAQ details fraud, fees & merchant policies ahead of Apple Watch

Apple Pay iPhone 6

Ahead of likely Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements on Monday during Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event, Apple has spruced up the main Apple Pay site to further highlight the Watch’s compatibility with Apple Pay and clarify frequently asked questions about the service for merchants. Changes to the site include a dedicated page for finding out where to use Apple Pay, and a new FAQ support document to help merchants learn about Apple Pay and start accepting the mobile payment service.

When the Apple Watch hits the market in April, a lot more people will be suddenly able to use Apple Pay in stores than ever before. That’s because the Apple Watch will enable iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s owners to use the mobile payment service from their wrist with all merchants that accept Apple Pay. Using Apple Pay in stores currently requires upgrading to a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

The new Apple Pay: Merchants FAQ answers several questions businesses may have about getting started with Apple’s form of payment. The document lists a number of payment service providers that work with Apple Pay including Global Payments, TSYS, and WorldPay. It also addresses merchants with NFC/contactless payment-cable terminals that may not be able to accept Apple Pay yet (Apple says to ask the payment service provider to enable support).

Also addressed in the FAQ is how Apple Pay handles fraud, fees, and returns, and merchants can actually call an Apple Pay support number at (800) 854-3680 to learn more about accepting the payment option.

Will I be liable for fraud on Apple Pay transactions?

Apple Pay transactions are treated in the same way as your current credit and debit transactions. You’ll have the same liability rules applied to Apple Pay transactions.

Apple Pay iPhone 6 Apple Watch

The document is important as it shows Apple is putting its money where its mouth is with working to make Apple Pay available in more places, something I’ve written about as a usability concern. Apple SVP Eddy Cue previously stated that Apple has “a lot of work to do” to fully launch Apple Pay with retailers.

For users, the refreshed Apple Pay landing place now makes it easier to find which merchants specifically support the mobile payment service, something which new Apple Watch owners will want to know. Previously the ‘Where to use Apple Pay’ section was a smaller space on the site; it has no grown into its own page highlighting both merchants and apps.

If you’re looking to dive into using Apple Pay with your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or future Apple Watch, you can check our latest list of banks that support Apple Pay. We’re also maintaining a running list of merchants and apps (which the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 support) that accept Apple Pay.

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Zac Hall

March 5th


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