China's regulatory body has just given the green light for Apple's latest smartphone generation, approving the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for use on the country's network bands. And with Apple formally announcing the launch date for the smartphones in China, the iPhone 6 could reach yet another world-breaking sales record, which already sold 10 million units on its first weekend alone.
You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. "Wait," you’ll think to yourself, "did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?"
There’s a magician in the wild this week who hopes to explain the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bendgate incidents with talk of psychic energy. It’s Uri Geller, everyone’s favorite spoon-bender from the 1970s! He wants Apple to hire him to explain to the world that it wasn’t the hardware’s fault, but that of the energy of excitement in the air over the release of Apple’s newest smartphones.
There’s been a soft launch of Pokemon: The Card Game Online for iPad this afternoon, starting with Canada. Supposing you’ve got access to a friend with an iPad in Canada and they’re willing to … ship it to you … you might be able to play. Otherwise you’re going to have to wait for the USA release, which should be coming imminently.
With iOS 8, the promise of HealthKit apps left us wanting. Not ready for primetime, HealthKit — and the Health app loaded on your phone — were useless. iOS 8.0.1 fixed HealthKit, but broke other, more necessary items. Now that iOS 8.0.2 is out, we’re starting to see HealthKit apps trickle into the App Store.
Supposing you’ve played one of the many dance-centric video games out in the wild over the past few years and you’ve wanted to play on your own, but don’t own a video game console, you’re now in luck. Ubisoft is releasing a game called Just Dance Now, working with your smartphone and any remote screen with a web connection.
The Core is a wireless speaker system that connects to your iPhone or Android device and sounds like "two widely separated full size HiFi speakers." The Core can work with any device - OS X, Windows, iOS or Android included - just so long as it has Bluetooth. According to manufacturers Mass Fidelity, it relies on wave field synthesis to produce what they're describing as "acoustic holograms": sound that literally floats in space within your room.
Wondering if it’s OK to update your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or any other iPhone or iPad out in the wild today? It is. While yesterday’s update to iOS 8.0.1 took a bit of a pinch to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - cutting out service, good stuff like that - version 8.0.2 has been released. If you see version 8.0.2 in your update box - go for it.
How serious is all this bent iPhone stuff? If you listen to Apple, not so much. They claim a mere 9 cases of bent iPhones have been reported. How serious is the perception of iPhones bending during normal use? If you listen to Apple, possibly very serious.