iPhone 6s Digital Image Stabilization vs iPhone 6s Plus Optical Image Stabilization


When Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, the latter received Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) whereas the former did not. That trend has continued with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with the new Plus handset now capable of using OIS when recording video as well, while the iPhone 6s is still only capable of digital stabilization.

The big question that such a thing brings about is obvious: just how much of a difference does OIS make to video? We already know that the improved stabilization capabilities of the iPhone 6 Plus made it a better camera for shooting stills, especially in low light conditions, but what about the iPhone 6s Plus, and what about with video?

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While Apple has obviously touted the quality of video recorded on the new handset, you never really know how good it is until you see video recorded by someone that isn’t the company behind the phone itself. With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus now on sale, some people have been comparing the new handsets with each other as far as stabilization is concerned. Which is best, the iPhone 6s with its digital image stabilization or the iPhone 6s Plus with its optical solution?

The video, released by Giga Tech YouTube channel, should give you an idea, and if you take a lot of video or perhaps take video of your kids then the extra stabilization capabilities of the iPhone 6s Plus may well be worth the extra expense and tradeoff in pocketability. Check the video out in 4K resolution for yourself, but ask yourself this question: if you have the choice of which iPhone to get and think there may be a time when OIS makes its presence known, why wouldn’t you go for the iPhone 6s Plus?

Assuming it’s not too big for your hands. Or your pockets!

[redmondpie.com]
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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.1 With Security Patches


Apple released iOS 9.0.1 just under an hour ago for all compatible iDevices with the following release notes:

This update contains bug fixes including:

– Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
– Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
– Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
– Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

No mention, however, about other bugs that many users have encountered since updating to iOS 9.

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September 9, 2015 Apple Event Roundup


Apple was on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco today to announce several new products, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, fourth-generation Apple TV and new Apple Watch bands and finishes. It also announced that iOS 9 and watchOS 2 will be released on September 16.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Design: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus look the same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes respectively, although Apple did make the switch to stronger ion-strengthened glass and slightly thicker Series 7000 aluminum. A new Rose Gold color option was introduced to the iPhone 6s lineup alongside existing Space Gray, Silver and Gold models.

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3D Touch: 3D Touch builds upon both Apple’s patented Multi-Touch and pressure-sensitive Force Touch technologies, enabling users to make “peek and pop” gestures on the screen with their fingers to access actionable shortcuts or preview content, such as text messages, flight information, calendar appointments and more.

A9 Chip: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are powered by a 64-bit Apple A9 chip and embedded M9 motion coprocessor that deliver up to 70% faster CPU performance and up to 90% faster graphics compared to the A8 chip inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Improved Cameras: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight cameras with 4K video recording (3840×2160) and 5-megapixel front-facing FaceTime cameras with display-based Retina Flash. Optical image stabilization is now available for both photos and videos, but remains limited to the iPhone 6s Plus.

Faster Touch ID: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have a second-generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner that is up to two times faster compared to Touch ID on previous iPhones.

Pricing and Availability:

iphone6s-6sp-select-2015iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus start at $199 and $299 with a new two-year contract respectively. Alternatively, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will start at $649 and $749 respectively when purchased outright.

Financing and lease programs that break the full price down into monthly installments are available from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and many other carriers. Apple also introduced a new iPhone Upgrade Program aimed at customers who upgrade their iPhone each year.

The prices listed below are in U.S. dollars.

iPhone 6s
16GB: $199 (On Contract), $649 (Full Price)
64GB: $299 (On Contract), $749 (Full Price)
128GB: $399 (On Contract), $849 (Full Price)

iPhone 6s Plus
16GB: $299 (On Contract), $749 (Full Price)
64GB: $399 (On Contract), $849 (Full Price)
128GB: $499 (On Contract), $949 (Full Price)

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders begin on Saturday, September 12 at 12:01 AM Pacific ahead of a Friday, September 25 launch in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

New Apple TV

apple-tv-4th-genThe fourth-generation Apple TV is a significant overhaul of the set-top box that aims to greatly improve the current TV experience. The new Apple TV features a redesigned user interface centered upon apps, gaming and universal search, with an all-new Siri Remote in tow.

Design: The new Apple TV has a similar appearance compared to the previous model, retaining its black hockey puck design, but it is somewhat thicker and heavier to accommodate the set-top box’s complete internal overhaul. The device’s exact dimensions are 1.3 inches x 3.9 inches x 3.9 inches and it weighs just under 1 pound (425 grams).

New User Interface: Apple TV has a new iOS 9-style user interface that is flatter and simpler. You can double-click the Home button on the Siri Remote to view apps that you’ve recently used, customize the Home screen, set new cinematic screen savers, search from virtually anywhere and more.

Siri and Touch Remote: Siri integration is a key part of the new Apple TV interface, as it lets users ask Siri to bring up content. It’s possible to search through multiple apps to find a TV show or movie, and at launch, supported apps include Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime.

Siri can answer questions about who’s starring in a movie, bring up extraneous information like the weather outside, and ask Siri to replay parts of a movie that were missed or fast forward through content. For example, asking Siri “What did she say?” will rewind a movie 15 seconds and temporarily bring up subtitles.

The new Apple TV is bundled with a redesigned remote control that includes a glass touch surface for swiping through content as you would on an iPhone. There’s also a built-in button and dual microphones for activating and speaking to Siri.

The remote control also has Bluetooth 4.0, an IR transmitter, accelerometer and gyroscope, Lightning connector for charging and a rechargeable battery lasting months on a single charge.

App Store and Gaming: Apple TV has moved from a “hobby” product to a viable Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation competitor in the living room with the addition of an App Store and native tvOS SDK and Metal for developers to create apps and games for the television.

The new Siri Remote doubles as a game controller for the Apple TV, with the glass touch surface serving as a virtual directional pad, while the fourth-generation set-top box also supports MFi-certified third-party Bluetooth controllers and joysticks.

Pricing and Availability:

The new Apple TV will be available at the end of October for $149 (32GB) and $199 (64GB). Developers can request an Apple TV Developer Kit by September 11 at 12 PM Pacific.

 

iPad Pro

ipad_pro_roundupThe iPad Pro is a 12.9-inch tablet with a resolution of 2732×2048 at 264 PPI, which is 5.6 million pixels — more than any iOS device and even the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The tablet has a fully laminated display with both fingerprint-resistant oleophobic and antireflective coatings.

The iPad Pro has a 64-bit A9X processor that delivers up to 1.6 times faster performance over the iPad Air 2, with up to twice as fast graphics. Apple also says the tablet has 80% faster performance and 90% faster graphics over portable PCs, allowing users to run apps such as iMovie with desktop-class performance.

The iPad Pro measures 6.9mm thick and weighs 1.57 pounds. The tablet features a four-speaker audio system — two stereo speakers on each side — that balance frequencies and put out up to three times the audio level of the iPad Air 2. It is also equipped with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, Touch ID, Smart and Lightning connectors, dual microphones and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple introduced two accessories for the iPad Pro. The first is a Microsoft Surface-like Smart Keyboard, which is built into a Smart Cover accessory and connects magnetically to the iPad Pro’s new three-dot Smart Connector. The second is Apple Pencil, a stylus built using technology that can detect position, tilt and force.

Apple Pencil also calculates angle and orientation to produce both broad or shaded strokes. The Pencil also enables precision that allows artists to touch a single pixel. Apple says the Pencil’s battery lasts for hours and that it can charge by connecting to the iPad Pro’s Lightning charger.

Pricing and Availability:

iPad Pro launches in November in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, starting at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only model will also be available for $949 and a Wi-Fi + LTE 128GB model will retail for $1,079.

Apple Pencil will retail for $99 while the Smart Keyboard will retail for $169. Both will be available alongside the iPad Pro.

[macrumors.com]
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Apple Media Event September 9, 2015


Apple is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.
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This year’s iPhone-centric event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which, according to rumors, will include a reinforced body constructed from stronger 7000 Series aluminum, Force Touch, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, and an improved camera.

Rumors have also suggested Apple will use the event to unveil the next-generation Apple TV, a major update from the existing set-top box. It will include a redesigned chassis with an A8 processor, more storage space, and a touch-based remote control, along with a new software system that includes Siri support and a full App Store.

We’ll also get an update on the launch dates of iOS 9 and watchOS 2, and shortly after the event ends, we may see golden master software releases for the two software updates ahead of their final public launch.

Apple will be live streaming the media event on the web for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and PC users.

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“Unjailbreak” iOS device without Restoring in iTunes


One of the biggest pet peeves with jailbreaking iOS devices was that if a user wanted to get rid of his/her jailbreak, they would have to restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.

Not anymore!!

Cydia Impactor is out for jailbroken devices. It lets you restore iOS to stock setup without using Restore functionality in iTunes, without updating iPhone or iPad to latest version of iOS firmware and without losing the ability for the device to jailbreak – all on the same version of iOS.

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Here’s a step by step guide on to unjailbreak iOS on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using Cydia Impactor.

Important notes:

  • Cydia Impactor is compatible with iOS 8.4 and 8.3 only.
  • Works with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models except iPod touch 6.
  • This is a beta release.

Step 1: On your jailbroken device, launch Cydia and install Cydia Impactor.

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Step 2: Backup all of your data to either iTunes or iCloud.

Step 3: Turn off Find My iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

Step 4: Plug-in your device, and make sure it is more than 50% charged.

Step 5: Now launch Cydia Impactor.

Step 6: Tap on ‘delete all data and unjailbreak device’ at the bottom of the screen, followed by tapping on ‘Delete All’.

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Step 7: Unjailbreak process will now begin. Just be patient and wait for the process to complete. This can take time depending on the data on the device and number of jailbreak tweaks installed.

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Once done, the jailbreak, all of the data and all of the settings will be completely removed from the device. It will go back to stock and original setup. You will be greeted with the familiar looking ‘Hello’ welcome screen of iOS from where you can set up your device and Activate it again.

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If you want to re-jailbreak, you can do so using available jailbreak tools such as TaiG or PP.

[Adapted from Redmonpie]
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New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply by Receiving a Text Message


A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or SMS to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to crash after being opened. The bug, which requires a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters to be sent, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then.

Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it. If it was opened to the conversation where you received the message, the app will open, but attempting to go to another conversation causes Messages to crash.

messagescrashingbugMacRumors tested the bug on iPhones running iOS 8.3, but it may also be affecting other versions of iOS.

If you receive one of these messages, there are a few possible fixes that have worked for us and for other people who have encountered the bug. If the Messages app was opened to the conversation with the person who sent the offending message, the Messages app can be reopened to this conversation. Sending a reply message fixes the problem.

If Messages was opened to the conversation list view, the app will crash when you attempt to open it. You can fix this by having someone send you a message or by sending a message to yourself. There are several options for sending a message to yourself, including sending yourself a message via Siri or through the Share sheet in any app.

To send yourself a message in Siri, tell Siri to “Send a message to myself.” Siri will open up a dialogue where you can give her a quick message like “Fix” that’ll be sent to your iPhone to clear away the malicious message.

Alternatively, you can open an app like Notes, craft a quick note, and use the Share option (the little document with an arrow) to message it to yourself. Sending yourself something though the share sheet of an app opens a new messages window where you can enter your own contact information.

According to a Twitter user who spoke to Apple support, Apple’s engineers are aware of the problem and are working on a fix.

[macrumors.com]
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Ever Wondered Why iPhone’s 1GB of Memory Outperform Android devices with 2-3 GB Memory?


Glyn Williams from Quora gives us one of the best explanations as to why iPhones running on 1GB worth of memory outperform Android devices running up to 3x that memory. 

“Servicing RAM uses power. So more memory = more power consumption.


Android apps using Java, recycle released memory using garbage collection.  


What this diagram shows is that garbage collectors are really awesomely fast if you have a relative memory footprint of 4 or 8.

In other words, you need four or eight times more memory, than you are actually using to be super efficient. But when the memory becomes constrained, that performance goes way down. 

This is why Android devices have all that RAM. 

iOS does not use this style of garbage collection and does not slow down in constrained memory environments. 

So 1GB for iOS results in more performance than 3GB for Android.”


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