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Sep 20 2014 1:02AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

There are countless other reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus online, many of which laboriously compare each and every tech spec to all the other phones on the market. If you’d like to delve into an especially thorough point-by-point examination, I recommend this 11-page opus from our sister site TechRadar. In light of that, I’m going to skip the tech talk and get straight to the point: iPhone 6 is awesome. Shocker, huh? Wait, I’ve got another one for you: it’s the best iPhone ever made. Gasp!

Neither statement should come as a surprise, since every iPhone has been better than the last. As you would expect, the iPhone 6 takes better pictures, has a faster processor, is thinner, etc. None of these areas show drastic improvement, but they’re noticeably better. Like I said, all of this is what you’d expect from a new iPhone, so I’m going to focus on what you can’t predict as easily; what — when it comes down to it — matters most: how it feels to hold and operate in everyday use.

The biggest changes with this year’s models are size and shape. The iPhone 6 Plus has clearly made the biggest jump in this area, but even the standard 4.7-inch model feels a lot larger in the hand than previous versions. That’s because this is the first iPhone that can’t be entirely operated in one hand. Your thumb can almost reach the opposite top corner, but you need to shift your grip to do so. It’s totally workable, even if using the phone this way isn’t quite as comfortable as before, and I’m pretty sure the trade-off is worth it. I’ll have to live with the phone a little longer to be sure, but I think it will be hard to go back to the smaller screen once I’m used to iPhone 6; my 5s already seems small to me now.

The extra screen space is not only prettier and easier to look at, but it is sometimes used to fit in some extra functionality. The Home screen, for example, has room for an extra row of apps. And when held sideways, the keyboard gains two new columns of keys that include arrow keys, an undo button, and quick access to periods and commas. Or if simply seeing your phone better is the priority, you can select Zoom view in Settings to blow everything up.

Screen size is ultimately the only thing you need to look at when considering iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — do you want a bigger screen, and if so, how big do you want it? The Plus has a couple unique selling points: optical image stabilization for photos and videos, and select apps that more closely resemble their iPad counterparts with split-screen view or a few extra onscreen details. But for me, I have to be able to fit a phone in my pocket. The regular iPhone 6 has plenty of room in my loose jeans pocket, but the Plus pokes out a little when I sit down. It’s the perfect size for a purse, though.

To be honest, neither phone is a real game-changer. In fact, varying competing phones could give you a bigger screen, higher resolution, longer battery life, or a faster processor. But none of those phones do it all; they each have at least one significant flaw, whereas Apple’s devices are at least “great” in every area. Plus, they run iOS 8, a massive advantage over Android or anything else in my book.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is a lovely phone, but if you’re not yet eligible for an upgrade, I wouldn’t sweat it. The Plus is probably more compelling if you’ve been waiting for Apple to enter the phablet race. There really isn’t anything significant to complain about with either, so if you’re able to upgrade, treat yourself and enjoy life.

Be sure to check out our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Buyer's Guide, plus our list of 50 iOS 8 Tips and Tricks.

Review Synopsis


iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus






$199/$299 for 16GB, $299/$399 for 64GB, $399/$499 for 128GB, all with a two-year contract


Specs: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor, 4.7-inch/5.5-inch 1334x750/1920x1080 Retina display, dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 8-megapixel 1080p iSight camera with LED flash, 1.2-megapixel 720p FaceTime camera, Lightning port. Includes Lightning-to-USB cable, USB charger, and Apple EarPods.


The extra display sizes make everything better. Slimmer, sexier tech. No more need to "go Android" for a phablet.


One-handed operation takes a hit with the standard model; forget it with the plus. Even the 4.7-inch version is a little harder to pocket.

Sep 20 2014 12:30AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

It was release week and that means we've got a round up of stories that are all about two things: new iPhones and new iOS. So let's not waste any more time. If you want a quick rundown of the who, what, where, and when, this is the tasty place to be.

Sep 19 2014 11:36PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Doors open at Apple stores across the globe as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves.

Sep 19 2014 10:50PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Chipworks A8 processor

With patent lawsuits flying back and forth between Apple and Samsung, it was probably only a matter of time until Cupertino reduced its reliance on components from the Korean manufacturer — and that day seems to have arrived with the iPhone 6.

Chipworks has spent the day poring over components extracted from the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and has discovered that Apple's new smaller, more powerful A8 processor has actually been fabricated by someone other than Samsung.

While the Korean electronics giant (and frequent Apple patent foe) has indeed manufactured previous-generation chips including the A7 found inside last year's iPhone 5s, rumors earlier this year leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 suggested that may no longer be the case.

According to Chipworks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was responsible for the 20-nanometer A8 processor, which is physically smaller than the previous 28-nanometer chips, which requires less power despite actually running faster than the A7.

Apple reportedly partnered with TSMC in an effort to put some distance between the iPhone maker and longtime component supplier Samsung, although future iOS devices are expected to aim for even smaller 14-nanometer chips, suggesting Cupertino may rely upon both TSMC and Samsung in the future.

During last week's media event, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller claimed the A8 processor inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would offer a 25 percent boost in CPU performance, as well as a 50 percent increase in graphics performance when compared to the iPhone 5s.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

(Image courtesy of Chipworks)

Sep 19 2014 10:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

iPhone 6 drop test

As you may have heard, the first iPhone 6 purchased from a retail store in Perth, Australia tumbled right out of its owner's hands this morning — but judging from the sheer number of drop tests being performed on Apple's latest smartphone, it's all good.

PhoneBuff became the first to purchase the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday morning with the intention of dropping them on the concrete to test their durability, and posted the video evidence on YouTube earlier this morning.

In what has become an annual ritual, bloggers raced to be the first to buy the hottest iPhone only to torture it without mercy. As shown in a five-minute YouTube video, PhoneBuff's stunt ended with a cracked display when dropped on the concrete face-down, but the damage was minimal otherwise.

The folks at Android Authority became the second website to perform a drop test, and aside from a few scuffs, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came out largely unscathed — and more importantly, free of any damage to the screen.

Check out both drop test videos embedded above and below, but be forewarned: This definitely falls under the "do not try this at home" category, and may result in readers clutching their iPhone just a little tighter than they did previously.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

(Image courtesy of Android Authority)

Sep 19 2014 9:58PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple Pay could realistically be a huge business, but adoption will depend on sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consumer willingness to change and retailer IT infrastructure.

Sep 19 2014 9:57PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Doors open at Apple stores across the globe as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves.

Sep 19 2014 8:47PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Living with the iPhone 6 Plus, part 2: In our post-review check-in, Tim takes a deeper look at living with SwiftKey on the iPhone 6 Plus versus his current go-to phablet phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Sep 19 2014 8:31PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class.

Sep 19 2014 8:27PM EST | Source: Geek.com
As Apple, Google, and Microsoft continue to improve their respective digital assistants, we can expect features from either camp to jump out and at least temporarily take the lead. Google’s recent patent application […]

Sep 19 2014 8:08PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
With better app sharing a staple of iOS 8, organization is going to be crucial in making the experience pleasant.

Sep 19 2014 7:59PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Learn how to hide and unhide photos, plus where hidden photos are in the Photos app on iOS 8.

Sep 19 2014 7:37PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Living with the iPhone 6, part 2. Scott Stein tries out the 6 Plus versus the 6 and finds that neither one really steps up to match the iPad right now, and a big reason has to do with apps.

Sep 19 2014 7:29PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The iPhone 6 just arrived at the MacLife offices, and we thought we'd film the historic occassion. (Be sure to check out our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Buyer's Guide!)

Sep 19 2014 7:24PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - If Larry Ellison sailed off on his yacht for good tomorrow, who would really run Oracle Corp ?

Sep 19 2014 6:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
DETROIT (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc on Friday announced it is rolling out a software upgrade over-the-air to its current Model S owners, a unique ability that other automakers are expected to offer within a few years.

Sep 19 2014 6:28PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Verizon iPhone
It’s 8:10am on launch day, and I’ve decided I want an iPhone 6. A precarious position to be in, for sure, since there are folks all over the world who have been waiting […]

Sep 19 2014 6:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll figure out what to do when you have a mysteriously large iMovie library for no apparent reason.



I make a bunch of videos for my kids’ sports teams using iMovie on my Mac. After I complete the projects and share the video, I delete the project and events in iMovie (the ’11 version). But in the Finder it still shows that my library is 176GB; I checked everywhere I can see and there are no files in iMovie. How do I get that size down?


In order to completely remove iMovie projects and original footage in the events library, you need to right-click (or control + click) on the project and choose the “Move Project to Trash” option. This will remove the project from iMovie and place it in the Trash where it can later be deleted from your Mac completely by emptying the Trash. 

You’ll need to manually specify iMovie projects for deletion.

If you’ve already removed the iMovie projects and events without deleting them, you can still remove the existing Events and Projects by using the Finder. To do this, follow these steps: 

1. In the Finder, choose Home from the Go menu.

2. Open the Movies folder.

3. Find the “iMovie Events” and “iMovie Projects” folders and drag them to the trash.

If your iMovie projects and events are stored on an external hard drive, just open your external hard drive, then find the “iMovie Events” and “iMovie Projects” folders and drag them to the trash. That’s all there is to it!


Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.

Got a tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Sep 19 2014 6:00PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple is introducing a new stock keyboard for iOS users with the release of iOS 8.

Sep 19 2014 5:59PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Doors open at Apple stores across the globe as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves.

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