iPhone 6 review: Is this the most desirable smartphone in the world?

I don’t think many people would disagree that Apple creates some of the most beautifully-made products in their range of mobile devices. None currently is more desirable than the iPhone, a smartphone that is held in high esteem by the millions of people around the world who have used one or more of the evolving models since the first-generation device was launched in 2007. The iPhone and Apple’s iOS operating system, together with smartphones running Google’s Android operating system, collectively accounted for over 96 percent of global smartphone shipments in August 2014, according to IDC, a market intelligence firm. Such a metric has been so for a significant period of time. Windows Phone, Blackberry and others are mere blips by […]

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The Apple iOS debacle and PR consequences

Whether you’re an iPhone user or not, you can’t have missed the headlines in recent days reporting on the fiasco resulting from Apple’s botched operating system update 8.0.1 for iPhones and iPads, released on September 24. For the first time in some years, I have an iPhone courtesy of Arena Media, mobile operator Three UK‘s media agency, who sent me an iPhone 6 for review (that review is coming soon) which arrived on the 24th – the day of the 8.0.1 software update. And so I did: allowed the iPhone to install the update. And, as you do, I tweeted that. In pretty short order, I started getting tweets from Twitter friends about the problems with the update. @jangles watch […]

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Hard to ignore the iPhone 4 design flaw

The influential US consumer advocacy magazine Consumer Reports released a report about the new iPhone 4 yesterday with the bottom-line conclusion: “We can’t recommend the iPhone 4.” The magazine, which has more than 7 million subscribers and an annual testing budget of about $21 million, tested the iPhone 4 to see whether reports of poor cellular reception in certain conditions – as in, incorrectly holding the phone in your hand – were to do with a fault in the phone or not. Consumer Reports’ video report makes it pretty clear – it looks like it’s a fault in the phone. Full story – Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can’t recommend the iPhone 4.

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Art on the go

If you’re an art lover who owns an iPhone or iPod Touch, you will rejoice today as you can visit the Musée du Louvre in Paris right on your device, wherever you happen to be. The museum just launched an iPhone app that offers a glimpse into the rich works of art and other treasures you find in the museum galleries in Paris. Get to know the Mona Lisa. Explore the works of Tintoretto, Titian and others of the Renaissance period. Tour the museum through a collection of videos. Get information about opening hours so you can plan a real-world visit. This English-language app – not yet mentioned anywhere on the Louvre’s website – is available free (App Store link), […]

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Is your iPhone with OS 3.1 crashing too?

Apple released an updated version 3.1 of the operating system for iPhone two weeks ago which brings some great new functionality. It also brings some not-so-great instability and bugs, it seems, certainly what I’ve experienced a couple of times since that OS upgrade. After my iPhone just totally died for a while this evening, I tweeted the comment above – and just look at what others said:

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