Apple TV 2015 Review: New Platform tvOS, An Entirely Different Powerful Remote …

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Apple iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus review: Priced at $200-$649, here are top 10 power facts.

Apple Inc’s new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, priced at a starting $200 with contract in the US (a whopping amount without) , were launched just days ago and everyone wants to know how it feels. This year, Apple’s iPhone 6s has bucked that trend with not only an enormous processing power upgrade but three marquee features that provide significant value to the customer — and they’ve backed it up with a new purchasing plan that removes a lot of the reasons many people have for not upgrading every year.

You’ll recall that last week’s commentary started off with remarks by Apple that it expects the phone to do better in its first weekend of sales than did the prior iPhone 6 models last year. We got our hands on the devices for a review and here we explain the latest features that will give you all the knowledge you need to take an informed decision whether to buy or not.

In developed economies, it’s even become part of the regulation lexicon in online teaching and schools that pony up the extra cash, but it’s not as common as handheld devices. I actually think the extra weight makes the 6S feel more substantial and easier to hold than the whoops-there-it-goes iPhone 6 — and what you get in return promises to make up for it. ‘if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and you’re not ready to sign up for a yearly phone upgrade program, you might not feel the usual pull to get a new iPhone unless you really want a better front-facing camera.’ Apple’s iPhone 6s includes an advanced 3D Touch screen, improved camera and a host of new software tools but one feature appears to have taken a step backwards – the battery. There are few things in tech that are more predictable than early iPhone reviews, and bloggers and technology journalists have found plenty to crow about while reviewing the latest and greatest from Apple.

Today, Daniel Ives with FBR & Co., who has an Outperform rating on the stock, and a $175 price target, thinks “initial underlying customer demand looks robust and should translate into potential upside versus Street estimates for the December quarter.” Our Apple store checks over the last week, initial pre-order data based on wait times, coupled with our China market analysis give us confidence that Apple is on a trajectory to exceed Herculean-like YOY iPhone 6 comps in the December quarter with our estimates now 77 million units (versus our prior 74 million), likely alleviating lingering bear chatter. A screenshot from a promotional video played during last week’s Apple conference shows the new handset has a 1,715mAh battery, compared with the iPhone 6’s 1,810 mAh unit.

With initial pre-order sales looking particularly strong out of the linchpin China region, we believe the combination of strong first weekend sales and potential upside to iPhone numbers for the next few quarters should help remove the “China iPhone black cloud” hovering over Apple for the last few months. By my count, there are three this year: 3D Touch, Live Photos, and upgrades to the front-facing camera. 3D Touch is a pressure-sensitive layer that’s been added to the iPhone’s display, allowing you to access shortcuts and previews when you press down on an icon or link. Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce.

You can jump to a new text or a frequently called phone number from the home screen, see a preview of a message in your inbox, check the pictures on your camera roll without leaving the camera app. Apple is happy to tell you about them in its own words, and there are 10 new features in particular that Apple highlights right on its iPhone 6s landing page. “The next generation of Multi‑Touch”: All new iPhones have one flagship feature, and Apple’s new 3D Touch technology is the star of the show this year. This new software brings about changes such as the addition of new watch faces, third-party app complications, new capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch and support for third party apps running natively.

Based on data from Kantar Worldpanel and our tracking of online best-seller lists, we believe, iPhone share has generally waned globally since the peak of the iPhone 6 cycle,but is still up y/y in most geographies, with most notable strength in China. You wouldn’t know how hard to press; you’d press too hard; there’d be a lag and you’d press again, only to find that you had pressed twice, probably causing you to throw the phone across the room.

Live Photos: Last but not least where the new cameras are concerned, Apple’s 6s and 6s Plus shoot live photos automatically each time you capture a normal photo. He has been using the Watch for approximately two weeks now and he believes that, “this is still a product of limited utility for most people.” The main use for the device is basically access to digital notifications which revolves around checking mail, tweets, etc. In addition, Apple’s plan also doesn’t tie the consumer to the carrier, it ties the consumer to AAPL – a development likely to be somewhat frustrating for carriers. In general, we think this program should act as a tailwind for iPhone sales since they serve to shorten the replacement cycle, help drive Apple Care service revenues, and no longer require the up-front payments that were required under the subsidized two-year contract plans.

One effect might be to induce carriers to bring back an effective subsidy for the phones, in order to avoid new amounts of churn created by customers using Apple’s unlocked model to switch between providers. Manjoo said, “it’s too early to tell if the watch will become a hit.” The report added that the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad were all criticised for being too expensive and not very useful in their earliest days. Another important aspect is that as customers come off of their lease plans next year, presumably as an “iPhone 7″ comes out, Apple’s program may blunt the impact of customers holding off on buying a new model: By building a group of 12-month upgrade-eligible customers now, that could serve to blunt the headwind of iPhone 6 consumers who are coming off 24-month leases. Sharing more information on the Watch post-update, he says that the new software makes the Watch slightly faster. “Now, apps live on the watch “natively” — that is, they can store and process data using the watch’s hardware, while in the past they relied on the phone for everything.” Additionally, Apple is also selling a few new combinations of watch cases and bands, including gold and rose gold cases in the cheapest Sport edition as well.

With respect to iPhone 6s, the availability of leasing plans is not new, so therefore we don’t expect much incremental benefit to iPhone 6s sales as a result of AAPL’s new program. As outlined above, the monthly price of AAPL’s iPhone upgrade plan is about the same as AT&T’s 12-month upgrade plan, and slightly more expensive than AT&T’s 18- and 24-month upgrade plans. When you take a photo, you get one still image, as well as animated footage – or “moments” – spanning 1.5 seconds before and after the picture is taken. These otherwise-unglamorous performance boosts don’t get the crowd on their feet at product launches, but they’re exactly what a great smartphone needs to achieve its ultimate goal, which is to get out of your way. With prodigious speed, well-thought-out interfaces, and flawless hardware-software integration, these new iPhones provide the tool for whatever it is you’re doing and just let you do it.

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