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iphone 6 and ios 8 one month later…

Well, it’s been almost a month since the announcement and release of the new BIGGER THAN BIGGER iphones 6 and 6 plus. They are getting a little easier to get these days. I was lucky enough to get one the first week. Here are my impressions…

Bigger is Better!

I like the bigger screen. I went with the 6 (not the even bigger 6 plus) for a few reasons: it felt better in my hand, and it was all they still had in stock! The 6 does fit in my pocket, though with the bending problem, I’m a bit more cautious about doing that. The screen is really clear and sharp.

Typing is Easier

The new phones come with iOS 8 which overall seems pretty good. Entering text is a lot better with predictive word suggestions. For example, if you type in “I”, it will give options for other words that make sense. Siri also seems to works better. It transcribes as you go and will even auto correct.

I like the ability to use different keyboards. It comes with Emoji  so you can easily make those funny faces 😛 . And you can also add third party keyboard. I added the swype keyboard which allows you to trace your finger along as you make words.

Big Screen Navigation

Since the screen is bigger, there are some new features. Tap twice on the home button and it moves the screen down so it’s easier to reach certain icons. Press the button twice, and you see your running apps. You also get icons for your most recently accessed contacts. Makes it easier to find people you’ve just talked with and re-connect.

Battery Life

It’s a little too early to tell on that. My previous phone (iphone 5s) didn’t have great battery life. I complained so frequently that my son bought me a battery pack case. Loveed it but it did make the phone heavier. I’m not sure if I’ll need one for the new iphone.

Getting a Deal

I traded in my old iphone 5 for a the new iphone 6 at Verizon. With their trade-in deal, it gave me an additional $200 off the price of the phone. It was still $300 out the door with case, screen cover, taxes (you pay tax on the full retail price) and ($35) upgrade fee. So, it’s not “free”…  I did go for the 64 GB version of the phone. I would NOT recommend getting the 16GB version. The phone’s operating system alone takes a lot of space and that won’t leave you room for apps and photos. For $100 more, it’s worth it to go for 64GB and should add a few years of usability. If you take a lot of photos and videos, or have a lot of music you want to keep on it, then you may want the 128GB version.

Backup first to Avoid Upgrade Headaches

Since I was upgrading from a previous phone, I wanted to keep my apps, settings, text messages etc… At the verizon store, they moved over my contacts, but they did not recover any of the other things like apps, text messages etc… I had to recover those from a backup. Learn from my mistake. Before you upgrade, be sure to do a backup of your phone. You can do that using icloud, or you can use itunes on a desktop computer. Follow these instructions to back up on icloud. You can also back up to itunes. Then when you get your new phone, you can recover from your backup and get all your settings, contacts, photos,etc…

One thing to note, your text message history will not come over from the icloud backup. You will need to backup to itunes in order to get your text message history. But this might be a good time to clear out old messages. Before you get your new phone, you can go through your text messages and download any photos to your camera roll that you might to save.

In the coming months, I’ll be experimenting with more of the features of iOS 8.0.  Have you upgraded? Email me and let me know of your experiences or questions.





New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and 6 PlusTHE NEW  iPHONE 6 and iPHONE 6 PLUS

Apple made a big announcement this week about the release of two new phones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.  Both models will be released later this month and they are going to be bigger and better!

What is New?

SCREEN SIZE:  The first major difference with the new models is the size of the screen. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches diagonally and 6.9 mm wide. The iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches diagonally and a bit thicker at 7.1 mm.  Both phones have rounded edges making them easier to hold.

CAMERA:   Both models have a better camera then the previous iPhones. The iPhone 6 has enough pixels to make it better than a 720p HD display. The iPhone 6 Plus has a full 1080p HD display making it as sharp as some high definition laptops. The iPhone 6 has an eight megapixel iSight camera, a 1.5µ pixel sensor and a ƒ/2.2 aperture lens.

There’s an all-new feature called Focus Pixels that’ll help the iPhone cameras focus faster and better than ever. This means better video, and slow motion functions, too. You can even take “burst selfies,” with the iPhone 6 able to take up to 10 photos per second.

MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM: Apple Pay, the name of the new payment system, comes standard on the new iPhones.  Apple Pay is Apple’s technological replacement for the traditional wallet or checkbook.

The iPhone 6 is equipped with Apple Pay and a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna that allows you to tap your phone against a sensor to make payments to various stores and restaurants. Several merchants, like Disney, Chipotle and Seamless, have already agreed to carry the required sensors.

Also you can link your credit cards from companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express to your phone’s Passbook which stores the numbers safely and allows you to purchase things on line or set up regular payments to bill collectors.

Is it safe? Apple encrypts your card information and each transaction has a one-time payment number. So if you lose your phone, you can simply cancel its payments as opposed to the card itself.  Apple also emphasized that neither the retailer nor Apple will know what you purchased, where you purchased it, or how much you paid.

Apple Pay will be available in the U.S. on Oct. 24.

LONGER BATTERY LIFE:  The iPhone 6’s battery life is roughly comparable to that of the iPhone 5: it features 10 more hours of audio, and four more hours of 3G talk. Both have standby battery lives of 10 days.

The iPhone 6 Plus, however, offers the best battery life of any iPhone to date. It has 80 hours of audio and 24 hours of 3G talk, and its standby battery life is 16 days.

HEALTH APP (with Elevation Sensors):  The iPhone 6 has a sensor to tell you how high up you are when you are exercising or walking. That will help it better record your fitness activity in that walking a mile uphill will be adjusted to count more than walking a mile on flat ground. This fitness data can be stored, accessed and analyzed in the iPhone’s new built-in Health app, a hub to record your health data and link third-party apps that also track your movements.

FASTER: With 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the iPhone 6’s Wi-Fi speeds are up to three times faster than those of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 also has faster LTE than the iPhone 5s, and it can make use of more frequency ranges than other iPhones, making for better roaming capabilities.

COST:  With two-year contracts, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at $199 and $299, respectively. We recommend the 64gb or 128gb phones. With all this capability, you’ll want the extra space and it’s not that much more.

COLORS:  Both models come in gold, silver and space gray.

HOW DO I GET ONE?  If you can’t wait to buy them in the store after September 19th, you can pre-order either phone starting Sept. 12 by going on the Apple.com website.  Deal Alert – through the end of September, Verizon is offering a trade-in deal to help offset the cost of new phones.