Apple Watch discount: Great deal, or sign of trouble?

1 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple iPhone 6s Plus review: Mr Dependable.

The Apple iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) is clearly the most expensive smartphone in the Indian market if you take Vertu and other such luxury brands out of the picture.So here’s a wild one: Apple is experimenting with giving people $50 discounts on Apple Watches if they buy one at the same time as a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

Save for its back-to-school and stingy Black Friday sales, Apple’s devices cost a certain price, and that’s the price you’re going to pay if you want to buy direct from the source. Friends looked sympathetic, employers impatient, their IT staff grimly predicting your forced switch to the Windows nemesis, an inevitability as sure as a wet Glasgow summer. They’re only running the promo in a handful of stores in California (Burlingame, Chestnut Street, Corte Madera, Hillsdale, SF, Stonestown) and Massachusetts (Boylston Street, Burlington, Cambridge Side, Chestnut Hill) — not online.

Apple’s newest set-top box arrived in stores—and on the doorsteps of those who preordered—on Friday, and once you rip open the box, setup is pretty simple, although far from painless. There is a reasonably large market for expensive phones, driven by people who want a top-end device for its performance, dependability or just flaunt value. That’s certainly a modest discount — even if you get the cheapest iPhone and Watch available, we’re talking about a savings of roughly six percent — but it’s notable for a company like Apple that’s so stingy with sales. But if you have HDMI passthrough on your AV receiver, or an HDMI breakout box, you might want to go that way, so you can AirPlay audio from a Mac or iOS device to your stereo without having your TV on. (More on those options here.) Turn on your TV to the input your Apple TV is connected to.

Apple, as expected, has largely kept mum on the topic, though quarterly earnings suggest that the Apple Watch brought in over a billion in revenue in Q3. You can do this manually, but it’s faster and more fun to use a device running iOS 9.1 or later. (This device can’t be the iPad 2, unfortunately.) The Apple TV quickly “saw” my iPhone over Bluetooth and attempted to connect to the same Wi-Fi network my iPhone uses.

We all know Apple sells its smartphones in spades; if it can convince consumers that they’re missing the true experience unless they get the Watch, too, then the it might be well worth the $50 loss per sale. But it didn’t work for me at the office—the network I’m using has WPA2 Enterprise security, which requires me to log in with a username and a password, not just a password.

The hard press activates the Peek and leads to a preview on mail, open quick options on compatible apps and gives you options when you get a link on iMessage. I am moving to the iPhone after a series of Android phones that touted great cameras — the OnePlus 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 5. What I like best is the fact that pictures look natural in the end and not over-saturated and over-processed as it ends up being on many Android phones. Unlike the old Apple TV, which came with every channel preinstalled and automatically added new ones as they became available, your fourth-gen Apple TV ships with iTunes Movies, iTunes TV Shows, the App Store, Photos, Music, Computers (for streaming media saved in the iTunes Library of a computer on the same network), Settings, and Search. (The Search app here is for entering text with the Siri Remote again. To search with Siri, all you have to do is hold down the microphone button on the Siri Remote.) So to really get started, you’ll want to grab some apps.

And the best thing here is that the phone recognises the ambient light and calibrates the screen with it so that the flash looks natural and you do not end up looking like that image on your voter ID card. If you already have a subscription you purchased within that service’s iOS app (which you shouldn’t do anyway, since you’re likely paying more than if you had just subscribed in a web browser), you can click Restore Purchases and you won’t have to sign in. And luckily, when it’s time to enter your email address, there’s a Recent list with shortcuts to the email addresses/logins you’ve already entered—that’s really handy.

If you put apps in the top row of icons, the marquee row along the top will show you a preview of content inside those apps. (In the old generations of Apple TV, that top row was off limits.) For example, I put Netflix up there and saw popular Netflix items like Orange Is the New Black and Family Guy. There is one aspect of Android that I love and have not really been able to experience on the iOS device, at least not natively, and that is Google Now.

Here, once you’re in your profile, the different sections like Recently Watched, Recommended for You, Trending on Netflix, and so on are all conveniently located on one screen. I think it is time Apple plugged this gap, especially since Apple maps is reasonably good and there are other data sources it can tap into for accurate data. Let me tell you this is the most relaxed I have felt with a a phone in a long time, primarily because I am not glancing at the battery icon every 10 minutes to see how long I have to go and I am not entering a new place with a recee of the power point. It also has one of the best cameras in the business and, of course, an overall experience that showcases the power of its processor and robustness of the platform.

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