Apple warns of iPhone delivery delays in New York due to Pope’s visit

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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This week will see two of the year’s biggest arrivals in the US: Pope Francis’s visit to America, and the release of the iPhone 6s. 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.

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. Deliveries of Apple’s new phones are likely to be held up for many in America because the Pope’s security arrangements are going to clog up the streets, stopping deliveries getting through to people in Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia. By offering for the first time monthly installment payments on direct sales and a new lease option for US customers, Apple is moving to help break the stranglehold of mobile carriers as it launches its new iPhones on Friday. The programme comes with US carriers largely moving away from the model in which the smartphone is offered at a subsidised price in exchange for a two-year contract, unlike most markets around the world where consumers pay upfront for a device. 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.

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. 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 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. The new model creates challenges for wireless carriers, which until recently have been able to maintain their customer base by reserving the top-selling phones for contracts. “They obviously will be coming to an Apple store, they won’t go to a carrier store where they might be enticed to buying a Samsung or something else,” he said. Walter Piecyk at BTIG Research said big carriers like AT&T and Verizon “could face pressure to further enhance their programmes if they don’t want to risk losing even more control of the customer to Apple”.

The programme “helps bolster share gains, increase customer stickiness to Apple and enable a more competitive pricing environment for iPhones”, said Amit Daryanani at RBC Capital Markets. The programme “seems appealing, since it provides customers unlocked phones with device protection while allowing them to upgrade annually”, says a report by the research firm Trefis. It has the added advantage of getting pre-owned iPhones out to more customers who can’t afford a new one. “Apple can potentially leverage partners (Brightstar in the United States and Foxconn in China) to resell the one-year old iPhones in the second-hand market, which helps address price points the new iPhones cannot,” she said.

Bob O’Donnell of the research and consulting group Technalysis said Apple is seeking to spark new sales in a global smartphone market that is close to saturation, and that a better customer relationship can boost sales of other products and services. “And no carrier wants to be in a position where they have too much inventory. But some say it could be part of a future plan for the California giant. “A few years ago that might sound crazy to think possible but with the ongoing change in network architecture it now at least seems plausible,” Piecyk said in a research note. “On Apple’s end, it can already make phones with soft SIMs that can switch between carriers, they have storefronts and online that can deal with customers and more than 100 million Americans are already using their iPhone.” Has a comment offended you? Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. 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.

Inside, the chips are laid out differently to improve battery performance and let you activate the Siri voice assistant simply by saying, “Hey, Siri.” In the past, the iPhone had to be plugged in for that. 9. But having said that, you might not need a 6S if you just got a new iPhone last year, but go for the 6S over the 6 if you’re ready to upgrade from an older model.

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