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Apple has just pulled the trigger and launched iOS 8 to the world. Apple is calling it 'the biggest release since the launch of the App Store', in their own words.
iOS 8 will come installed by default on the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones that are due to start shipping to consumers around the world soon. Apple this week also announced that it sold four million iPhone 6 devices in just 24 hours during the start of its pre-order phase.
As you can see from the screenshot above, one of our editor's iPhone 5 devices in Taiwan was eligible for the iOS update just minutes before this post was published. Head over to the update section on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini now to see if your update is ready. It weighs in at almost 1GB, and may take longer than usual to download, due to the demand on Apple servers right now.
Samsung has yet another TV commercial for its Galaxy Tab S, calling in Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shephard. The couple star as themselves in the 90-second ad, featuring Samsung's Galaxy Tab S tablet.
In the ad, Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S as the type of device that you simply can't get away from, no matter your responsibility. Samsung wrote on YouTube: "Introducing the world's most entertaining device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S - you'll never want to put it down". Samsung's latest slate features the company's high-res AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2560x1600.
NVIDIA has opened up the pre-orders for the LTE-powered version of its Shield Tablet, with a $100 premium over the Wi-Fi only model available for $299. The $399 price does include 32GB of on-board storage, versus the 16GB of flash inside of the original model - as well as the LTE radio.
The company has taken the time to highlight some upcoming Android games to soon arrive on the Shield Tablet, games that all start with the letter 'B'. We have Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad, and Broadsword. The new LTE-capable Shield Tablet will sell for $399, a $100 premium over the Wi-Fi only model at $299, and will not include a SIM.
NVIDIA has said that the LTE-powered Shield Tablet is certified for AT&T's 4G LTE network, and if consumers activate it on a qualifying plan, they'll receive a $100 bill credit. The new LTE-powered Tegra K1-based Shield Tablet will be available on September 30 online, and at selected retailers.
When Apple announced the two new iPhone 6 smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they included NFC which most, myself included, presumed it would 'just work' with any other NFC-enabled devices. Well, we were all wrong - the NFC on the new iPhone is locked purely to Apple Pay.
Apple has confirmed the news directly with The Verge, with Apple's new mobile payments platform being the sole receiver of the NFC technology on the new iPhone. There are plenty of NFC-powered speakers and other devices that simply won't work with the new iPhone, with The Verge saying that "there's still hope for the future though".
I don't think we'll see support for NFC opened up to other devices, and even if we do, the question remains: why is Apple locking down NFC to Apply Pay, there's absolutely no reason for them to do this. What do you think?
DisplayMate has one of the first Galaxy Note 4 smartphones in its possession, calling it the best display on a smartphone, ever. Samsung sent the company a pre-production model of its upcoming 'phablet' to test out, with its new 2560x1440 display.
DisplayMate played with the pre-production Galaxy Note 4, where it said: "It provides lots of image detail - it can display four complete HD 1280x720 images at once. The display has Diamond Pixels and Sub-Pixel Rendering with 518 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 Vision at the typical viewing distances of 10 inches or more for Smartphones, so the display appears perfectly sharp".
By the end of its piece on the Galaxy Note 4, DisplayMate said that the display on the Note 4 "matches or breaks new records in Smartphone display performance".
According to the latest rumors, Google will finally announce its new Nexus 9 tablet at a media event on October 8. Various media are being invited to an event with the title "Double Exposure".
This event falls in place with HTC's event, where the company is expected to unveil a GoPro-like camera, as well as a new super selfie smartphone - also teasing Double Exposure. What will be powering the Nexus 9? For starters, NVIDIA's more-than-capable Tegra K1 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 9-inch 1920x1080 display, 16GB of flash storage, 100GB of Google Drive storage and much more.
The biggest part of the Nexus 9 will be its 'tube-shaped' 16-megapixel camera, and possible waterproof abilities. We will also see Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as the ability to control the 9-inch slate from an Android- or iOS-powered smartphone with an app developed in-house by HTC.
Samsung had a few days ahead of Apple when it announced its new Galaxy Note 4, but we didn't know of a release date, that was however, until Samsung's latest ad that took yet another poke at Apple.
In the ad above, Samsung teases that its larger-than-life smartphone has a release date of October, while Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones are already on their way to consumers, landing in their hands-on September 19. Apple has already seen a record-breaking weekend of pre-orders, with over four million next-gen iPhone smartphones ordered by consumers across the world.
But Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 seems like a more versatile smartphone, with its stylus and compatibility with the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset.
HTC is planning to unveil a waterproof camera to compete against GoPro. The smartphone maker sent invites for a press event named 'Double Exposure' that will be held on October 8th in New York. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker made it obvious that this would be a camera-specific release, but the company's plans seem to have leaked ahead of schedule.
According to the source, HTC will be unveiling two of its devices. One will be an extreme sports camera which is aimed to go head-to-head against a well-known player, GoPro. The second device is a smartphone made for selfie shots.
Its said that HTC will be implementing a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide angle lens. This yet-to-be-named tube-shaped camera will need to paired with either Android or iOS device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. As one would expect from an action camera made for extreme sports, it will be rugged and waterproof. HTC will also be making apps for android and iOS device to pair with this camera.
The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus announcement may have underwhelmed most mobile phone consumers, but still racked up 4 million pre-orders in a single day. Interested owners may have to wait until October before they receive their new iPhone, due to the large volume of orders placed by Apple customers.
The iPhone 5 reached just two million units during launch pre-announcement two years ago, the company said. It's a rather fascinating launch for a device that received a large amount of hype, but didn't overly impress customers that were sitting on the fence about purchasing a new phone.
"Assuming preorders are similar to the 40 percent of first weekend sales for the iPhone 5, this would imply iPhone 6/6Plus first weekend sales could be around 10 million," wrote an analyst from Wells Fargo securities.
Amidst the hub bub of this week's Apple Event which saw the company, as expected, officially launch both the iPhone 6 and its larger brethren along with the long rumoured Apple Watch, the device that started it all - the original iPod, now dubbed 'iPod' classic' was being quietly being shuffled off stage before being put out of its misery.
Officially discontinued as of September 9th, the sixth generation 160GB iPod will no longer be manufactured and once inventory has cleared, will no longer be available for sale. The news will hardly come as a shock to Apple fans - the writing has been on the wall for some time, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the iPod product line was "a declining business". Apple have removed the device from online listings.
The iPhone 6 line goes on sale worldwide next Friday.