“Oh, happy iPhone 6 Day,” my coworker said this morning. Joking as he was, the way it rolled off the tongue was eerily comfortable. Today is, of course, the day Apple is releasing its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to lines of diehard Apple fans, camped out in front of their stores around the world.
Casey Neistat’s team has been documenting it via Snapchat (@caseyneistat and @annalora), some tech blogs have already released notoriously economically insensitive “smash tests” of the phone, and apparently one poor soul immediately dropped his iPhone 6 in the UK this morning. Even a Saudi Arabian family demanded a dowry of an iPhone 6 to give a bride away this week. Ridiculous, but are you really surprised? Didn’t think so.
While the tech community at large was focused on Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 6 last week, a younger tech giant was settling out of a year and a half lawsuit. Snapchat, now valued at about $10 billion, formally cited on Sept. 9 that ousted co-founder Frank “Reggie” Brown was the origin of the disappearing picture message app that now lives on many phones.
Today is yet another day Apple product owners have been waiting for–the debut of iOS 8. The new operating system for iPads, iPods, and iPhones is now available for downloading and installing on Apple mobile/tablet devices. The update is a rehash of iOS 7, one almost everyone loved when it was revealed last September, but the update isn’t much different.
Today we took it upon ourselves to test it out (on an iPhone 5) and see how rough the update process is. As it turns out, the size is approximately 5.7 GB (1 GB compressed) and depending on your internet connection, it could take two hours to download and install. That’s ridiculously large for a mobile OS. In my case, downloading iOS 8 took an hour, even with a 100 Mbps connection. We can definitely forgive Apple for slow downloading being debut day and all, but the process is certainly not one for the impatient.
After about five minutes of iOS 8 use, I was quite bored. iOS 8 doesn’t change much from iOS7. Unless you’re playing hard with Apple Maps or the new keyboard function of QuickType (which I do love, despite Android applications having this for the last four years), there’s not a lot of differences period.
QuickType is great, because it predicts some of your most used phrases and longer words you feel too exhausted to type. There is still no swipe typing, but the ability to use third-party keyboard applications was finally accepted by Apple fairly recently.
But overall, Apple has left its bubbly icons, home screens, and general software untouched on established products. Larger changes to the camera and other iOS apps (including landscape mode features) will only persist on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
What has your experience with iOS 8 been so far? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to check out the results of Launch Day.
Confirmation came Monday that game developer Mojang, creator of Minecraft will be acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. The purchase will be used to further leverage Microsoft’s success with XBOX gaming products.
Today is a great yet tumultuous day for Apple lovers. At midnight, Apple’s preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus kicked off, and many people immediately experienced problems ordering from the online store, along with carrier sites including Sprint and T-Mobile.
Twitter and Facebook was filled with complaints including the following:
— Harry Ng (@harryworld) September 12, 2014
“So basically woke up at 3:00 for nothing because I went right in the app 15 mins ago and bought a new device. Delivers 9/19. Bah #iPhone6“
“store.apple.com/us/go/iphone you have ONLY ONE job is anyone able to preorder the new iphones?”
Nevertheless, Verizon customers have been quick to brag of their better success this morning:
“Happy to see the
@verizonwireless site is up and running smoothly for #preorder!”
“The most reliable network was pretty reliable for iPhone 6
#preorders – just sayin'”
Unfortunately, the Apple Store was down until 4 am ET for many customers. Nevertheless, many people found workarounds on their carrier websites or through the Apple Store’s mobile app. Currently one of our webmasters is currently on hold ordering his own. That’s right, you can also order over the phone. Innovative idea, right?
How was your own iPhone 6 ordering experience this morning? Let us know below.