How many new iPhones have sold so far?

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Last year the iPhone 5S and 5C broke Apple’s previous record of opening weekend sales with over 9 million units sold.

 

We like to think that everyone in New Jersey went out and bought one.

 

This opening weekend, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus broke that record, with the opening weekend ringing up sales of over TEN million units.

 

AND not just in New Jersey! The iPhones were on sale here in the US, as well as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26, with another 115 countries by the end of the year.

 

 

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.”

 

 

Boom! Shatter those records Tim!

 

 

Thinking of becoming one of those millions buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? You’re currently looking at shipping estimates of 7-10 business days for the former, and 3-4 weeks for the latter.

 

 

 

 

Paypal attacks!

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It looks like PayPal might be feeling a little threatened by Apple’s announcement of their payment system Apple Pay, as they have gone on the offense. Last week they pulled a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle making sly digs about Apple’s security.
“We the people want our money safer than our selfies,” reads the PayPal ad. “PayPal, protecting the people economy.”

 

Obviously they are referring to how some celebrities have had nude photos stolen from their Apple iCloud accounts. The conclusion they want people to have is: How can that security – that failed so many so drastically – possibly be safe enough for your money?

 

It’s a good effort, and I imagine that a lot of people will agree with what they say, even if it’s not strictly true. Paypal relies on passwords, as does apple, however the celebrity hack was not a security problem on Apple’s side, more so a combination of  pretty smart hackers, likely poorly chosen passwords and the mistake of not using the 2-step verification Apple offers as an option. Something Paypal is also vulnerable to. Apple pay will also have the advantage of the Touch ID.

 

Although not direct competitors – yet – Apple pay will be a system to contend with. It will launch next month at  220,000 retail locations as well as some big name chain stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Staples, Subway, McDonalds, Wholefoods, Disney and Sephora. And, the Apple retail stores. Duh. Online stores that will use Apple Pay such as Target, Groupon, Uber and the MLB store, will allow you to make the payments within their mobile apps.

 

On the other hand, PayPal processes 9.3 million payments each day online and has announced that it will be available in 2 million physical in store locations soon.

 

If it does come down to a choice you make about who you trust with your hard earned money, make sure it’s a personal choice, not swayed by ads like this. Both companies are obviously reputable and respectable- neither want any of your personal data hacked.

 

Also make sure that whichever one you choose, (if you indeed have to make a choice) you remember that you are also responsible for the security of your data, and adjust your personal passwords and 2-step verification options accordingly.

 

Yay for competition making it easier to spend out hard earned dollars! We think.

 

 

Not getting the new iPhone? Check out our Deals of the Day!

Not getting either model of the new iPhone? Because of reasons?*

 

Is it super unfair and you should get to get cool new shiny things as well because you work hard too?

 

Well, we get you. So here’s some deals on some other shiny new gadgets!

  

 

*Aluminum-Style Bluetooth Keyboard and Case for iPad or iPad Mini. $21 from Living Social.

  

 

* Funk up your showering experience with the URGE Basics AQUACUBE Water Resistant Shower Speaker with Suction Cup. $19.99 from Amazon.

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*Life Made iCozy Lap Tunes Cushioned Tablet Stand and Speaker. $34.99 from Groupon.

 

 

*$15 for $45 Worth of Personalized Gifts, Device Cases, or Stationery from Paper Concierge. From Groupon.

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*Apple 32gb iPad 4th Gen w/ Retina Display for $298 from Wal-mart with Free Store Pickup. Deal only applies to the black model. Excellent deal, in limited supply, for a limited time. Only available for pickup in store, after you’ve ordered it online through the mobile site – it’s a little buggy but people have had success using it. 

 

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*And a sweet deal to help you with your sweet shiny gadget shopping –  Get $25 off your online order of $150 or more when you pay with Visa Checkout at Staples.com. Not valid on eReaders. Expires 9/20/14 or while supplies last.

 

Happy Shopping Saturday! (That’s totally a thing)

 

 

 

*If it’s cash holding you back, please look into selling your old iPhone for cash to put towards a new one!

 

 

 

 

Watch the first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth DROP IT

We don’t say this much, at all, but we think this might, for once, justify it.

 

OMG

 

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus went on sale at 8am on the Friday the 19th in Australia. Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet but it has in Australia because they’re in the future.

 

SO a journalist on live TV went to interview this kid who was the first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia. Par for the course, right? Yeah, but then as he was showing the journalist the iPhone HE DROPPED IT! ONTO CEMENT!

 

Oopsie. Did somebody say… iPhone Antidote?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to download iOS 8 the easy way!

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Here’s the deal guys: iOS 8 is available to download onto your iPad or iPhone right now, and iOS 8 needs a lot of space to download onto said devices. Like, up to 6GB of free space.

 

BUT! Don’t panic and delete all of your photos and videos (which is where all of your space is usually taken up). That can end in error. Nobody likes deleting photo errors!

 

First – Back up your device to the cloud, silly. Sh*t happens. You don’t want it happening to your data.

 

Second- Plug your device into your laptop and open iTunes.

 

You may be asked to ‘check for update’, or if it recognizes that there is an update available, just ‘update’. DO NOT click ‘Restore iPhone’ as that will ruin everything and restore the device back to it’s very birth. IE it will forget it ever knew you.

 

Download and update your device with iOS 8 directly from there! Yay! Much less space needed and more reliable than an Over-The-Air update which is performed on the device itself.

 

The update should take roughly 25-30 minutes and then BAM! Hi iOS 8!

 

We’ll be testing all kinds of things featured in iOS 8 and letting you know all the ins and outs of the new operating system so if you’re not updating yet we can let you know what to expect!

 

We’re already addicted to not typing our own messages. Booyah!

 

 

How will Apple pay work with Apple Watch?

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How exactly will you be able to use your Apple Watch to make purchase through Apple Pay? In the iPhone 5S and above, you will be able to make purchases with Apple Pay securely using the touch ID feature.

 

The Apple watch, however, does not have a touch ID feature. It will instead use a manually entered pin code to authorize Apple Pay payments, a pin code that is only active whilst it’s on your wrist.

 

Using sensors on the back of the watch, it can tell immediately and automatically when you’ve taken the watch off your wrist. Once you take it off, you can’t use it to make purchases via Apple Pay until it is back on your wrist, and you’ve entered the pin.

 

So there you go. Easy peasy bacon-cheesy. We hope. We’ll find out early next year when the Apple watch is officially released!

 

Dammit. Now we want bacon.

 

 

 

Not feeling U2′s ‘Songs of innocence’? Read this.

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At Apple’s special media event last week, CEO Tim Cook was joined on stage by the band U2 playing a song form their new album, ‘Songs of Innocence’. Tim Cook then announced that as a special gift, all 500 million iTunes users would have the album- for free – automatically in their iTunes account.

 

Sweet, right?

 

Well, not if you’re not a U2 fan. Their has been a quite surprising amount of backlash to the gift, and nice guy Apple has therefore given us a way out.

 

U2′s manager  Guy Oseary told Mashable.”We just want to share it with as many people as possible. If you don’t want it and you don’t need it, delete it.” On Sept. 15, Apple set up an official page to help people do exactly that.

 

This is the support page you want, and below are the directions.

 

1) To remove the album:  Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.

2) Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.

3) Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store. You’ll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

 

If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll need to delete them manually. After you’ve deleted the album, you won’t be able to redownload it and will have to purchase the album when it is available after October 13th.

 

Now for some good ol’ Tuesday afternoon U2 comedy;

 

Why did Bono fall off the stage?  He was too close to The Edge!

 

Budum pshhh!

 

Q: What kind of lawyers praise U2? Pro Bono lawyers!

 

and finally:

 

At a recent U2 concert, Bono asked the audience for total quiet.

Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every few seconds. Holding the audience in total silence, he said into the microphone, “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”

From the front of the crowd a voice with a broad Scottish accent pierced the quiet …

“Well, f**kin stop doin’ it then, ya evil ba*tard!”

 

We’re here all week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order sales?

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Did you guys pre-order an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? You were (unsurprisingly) not alone in doing so! Wanna take a guess as to how many other people around the world made sure they would get their hands on a new iPhone?

 

In 2012, there were 2 million pre-order sales for the iPhone 5, and that’s the record, so that should give you some kind of indication. Or does it? How about… double that?

 

Apple has announced that it processed over 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus pre-orders. Nice!

 

Direct from the Sauce:

 

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”

 
Both new models will be released in Apple retail stores at 8am this Friday, September the 19th.

 

 

 

 

 

iOS 8 Launching September 17!

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The new mobile operating system, iOS 8, launches on September 17th and will be available for you to download from the app store for free! Whee!

 

It’s been a while though, folks, so we figured some of you may need a bit of a refresh on what to expect from and what to look forward to with iOS 8. Check out our in depth rundown of what features and improvements iOS 8 will bring to your life, as well as some other features that we’re looking forward to. 

 

It is always important to consider that although Apple has had lots of super smart people working on the new iOS for a while now, the first release will probably have a few bugs that although not usually anything major, need to be ironed out before it’s ‘perfect’.

 

Hence, if everything working perfectly is important to you as a mobile user, even small things, a lot of people advocate waiting to download the new iOS until these kinks have been ironed out.

 

We will be jumping in all over iOS 8 so if you do want to wait, we can let you know exactly how nice or buggy it is.

 

Also, iPhone 4 owners? You’re a bit sh#t out of luck with iOS 8, as you will be unable to update to the new operating system on your phone. Time to upgrade? We hear there’s a shiny new iPhone out there now… and we also hear there’s a company that’ll give you lots of quick cash for that stinky old iPhone 4 so you can buy that shiny new iPhone…

 

Just sayin’.

 

 

 

 

 

New Apple Ads

Kool kids Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon are the voices of the new Apple Ads featuring the iPhone 6. Take a look!

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHPACRa6Vq8