Last week was clearly a very busy week for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), as the Cupertino giant released the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8. Tim Cook even opened the Palo Alto Apple Store himself to usher in the next generation iPhone. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was on site at the Sydney Apple Store for the event.
iPhone 6 sales were record breaking for the company, with over 10 million units sold in the first three days. Stock prices didn't react much during the week, hovering around $101 for most of the week and closing at $100.96 on Friday. Today is more of the same, with the price at $100.97 as of this writing, down from an opening of $101.80, which it reached in after hours trading.
iPhone owners have been stuck using Apple's default iOS keyboard since it was originally released in 2007, but now iPhone and iPad owners can choose to replace Apple's offering with a variety of third-party keyboards available on the App Store. Jailbreakers and Android users have long known about the advantages of having different keyboard options, but now all iOS 8 users can see why it is important to have choices. Here's a list of iOS 8 supported keyboards you can test out on your iPhone or iPad. It is worth at least checking out one or two of these third-party keyboards so you can know what you have been missing out on all these years. You can always go back to Apple's default keyboard if you don't find anything that you like.
Fleksy Keyboard: $0.99 (Universal) - Even before iOS 8 was released the developers behind Flesky have been working hard to improve the keyboard experience on iOS devices. Flesky claims to be "the fastest keyboard in the world" and it has received positive reviews from several publications such as Time Magazine. Flesky allows users to customize their keyboard with different themes and use swiping gestures to add punctuation, delete words and so on. The keyboard also includes over 800 emojis and support for over 40 languages.
The jailbreak team behind the Pangu iOS 7.1.x jailbreak announced on Weibo that they have begun working on hacking iOS 8. This does not mean an iOS 8 jailbreak tool will be released anytime soon, but it is good to know that someone is working on a solution since other developers, like the evad3rs, have been silent about their plans for future jailbreak releases.
The PanguTeam caused an uproar in the jailbreaking community in June when it burned two exploits to release its Pangu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak. However Comex, the creator of JailbreakMe, expressed his support of the PanguTeam when he said he was happy that "public jailbreaks are no longer a monopoly."
If you didn't already preorder the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you may be waiting longer than a week if you order it now. Despite record output, Foxconn has been unable to keep up with the enormous demand for Apple's new flagship phone.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the manufacturing giant's main site in Zhengzhou, China, has over 200,000 workers on around 100 production lines that operate around the clock. According to a source there, "[the site has] been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders."
Apple has officially released iOS 8 for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. You can update your device(s) over a WiFi connection by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update and choosing to download new software, or you can connect your device to your computer and click "update" in iTunes.
iOS 8 is Apple's biggest update since iOS 7. The update will add tons of new features, like Apple's Health app, to your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad once it is installed. Remember, not all iOS 8 features will be included on older devices, like the second-generation iPad and iPhone 4s, and some are not currently available in some countries. You can see Apple's "iOS 8 Feature Availability" list for different countries here
With every generation of iPhone comes camera improvements, as Apple continues its tradition of high-quality imaging and display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while not changing the game completely, feature substantial improvements over the iPhone 5s camera. The raw number of megapixels has not increased past the 8MP seen in the 5s. However, Apple has improved the image sensor and added several still and video capabilities.
Rumors that Apple would increase the number of megapixels on the iPhone 6 did not pan out. Specific components were even cited, however the 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX220 image sensor did not make the cut in the production iPhone 6. Improved Face Detection, a protruding lens ring, and a redesigned circular True Tone flash are all new to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But what else has been changed in the latest iSight cameras?
Apple fans have waited a long time for NFC and now they will have to wait even longer to know what else it can do besides drive mobile payments. An Apple spokeswoman told Cult of Mac that the "NFC chip on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is only for use with Apple Pay."
Apple doesn't plan to advertise NFC as a major feature for its new devices and will keep it locked off from third-party developers for at least a year. This means even though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have NFC, Apple fans will still be left out of all the NFC fun teased in Samsung commercials.
After the official unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple's share price (NASDAQ: AAPL) fell slightly, closing at $97.99 on Tuesday, after a day of heavy trading. This is no surprise, as the company's stock follows a trend of dropping off after iPhones are announced. As was also expected, share prices gained value for the rest of the week, closing at $101.66 on Friday.
Along with the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple announced the new Apple Pay service, which will work with the NFC chip, present in both the new iPhone and Apple Watch. The technology will allow customers to pay for goods at brick-and-mortar stores by simply waving their phones in front of an NFC chip reader. Apple
Not only did Apple announce two new iPhones and an Apple Watch this week, but it set a pre-order sales record and helped U2's first studio album in five years reach 2 million downloads on iTunes. While this is all good news for Apple fans it also means everything else came to a crawl including App Store releases while developers wait for the release of iOS 8 on September 17. It is also unknown if and when iOS 8 will be jailbroken so Cydia releases may also start to slow down too.
Two quick notes before we get to this week's releases, accessory makers are already shipping iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases, and the MOGA Bluetooth Rebel MFi controller will support the 6 and 6 Plus. It will be available on September 17th and pre-orders are currently being accepted.
Apple will begin accepting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders online starting at 12:01 am PT (2:01 am CT / 3:01 am ET) tonight. Customers will be able to pre-order both iPhone 6 models from Apple.com, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile.
The iPhone 6 is $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 64GB model and $399 for 128GB model with a new two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. AT&T Next 12 customers can get the 16GB model for $32.50 per month, the 64GB model for $37.50 per month or the 128GB model for $42.50 per month. Next 18 prices are $27.09, $31.25 and $35.42 per month. You can see T-Mobile's iPhone 6 prices here.