Apple makes record 4 million pre-order sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 24 hours

Apple has made a record number of pre-sales of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were officially unveiled last Tuesday. Pre-orders for the handsets opened early on Friday morning and by the end of the day they had sold 4 million units, which is twice the volume of sales of the iPhone 5 over the same period when it launched in 2012. The new larger iPhone 6 Plus sold out almost straight away.

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The devices will go on sale in stores in the UK at 8am on Friday 19 September and there will no doubt be a similar frenzy to secure one, despite the fact that they are not cheap. To buy an unlocked iPhone 6 directly from Apple, it will set you back £539 for 16GB model, £619 for 64GB, and £699 for 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus is £619 for the 16GB version, £699 for 64GB and £789 for 128GB.

Networks have also started to release their prices for buying the phone on a contract. Three and EE are offering the iPhone 6 on a 24 month contract for a minimum price plan of around £40 per month, plus £99 upfront for the handset. Both Vodafone and O2 are offering free handsets but minimum monthly price plans of around £53.

Those with an iPhone 4S or above who plan to stick with their existing handset will be able to upgrade to iOS 8 from Wednesday 17 September.

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Find out more about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus here

Apple to venture further into mobile payments

There’s been talk of Apple venturing deeper into the realm of mobile payments for a long time now, but other than iTunes transactions, the closest they’ve got so far is Passbook, which allows users to store vouchers, loyalty cards and tickets on their phone.

mobile-payments-iphoneHowever, a report by the Wall Street Journal has disclosed that senior figures at Apple have entered into discussions with industry executives in retail and commerce to pave the way towards handling payments for physical goods and services outside it’s own stores. 

There are many companies such as Square, PayPal and Stripe who are striving to make mobile payment more commonplace but implementation and concerns over security have prevented them gathering pace.

Through its 600 million iTunes accounts, Apple has more credit card details on file than any other store in the world, which gives it a good base from which to launch a viable mobile payment system.

Apple’s introduction of TouchID to the iPhone 5S could also help to make such a system more secure.

The advent of iBeacon, which has been built into Apple’s operating system since last year also helps lay the foundation for a widespread mobile payment system. The technology allows businesses to set up transmitters that can be detected by smartphones to alert customers to certain products and special offers, or even prepare pre-ordered items when they enter the shop.

It’s still early days but if Apple does push ahead with plans to create a mobile payment system, it’s likely to be industry changing.

Over to you… 

Do you think Apple’s got what it takes to create a successful mobile payment system?

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The iLuv Vibro II Shakes You to Wake You

Long gone are the days of a little metal alarm clock that rattled its bells at you and forced you to throw it at a wall, now you can have an iLuv Vibro II which is also a dock and charger for your iPhone, wakes you to FM radio, iPhone music, buzzer or a shaker.

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The Vibro II is a really unique alarm clock. It’s not the first alarm clock with an iPhone/iPod dock that charges them, but with the added incentives of an FM radio to be awoken by Chirs Moyles on Radio 1, and a buzzer alarm as well so you don’t nod back off its clever. The feature I really like is the Shaker. You put it under your pillow and it shakes your bed to wake you up. This is great if you’re a really heavy sleeper.

To top it off, if you download the free iLuv app, you can tranform the alarm clock into an Internet radio offering up over 40,000 stations.

To put it simply, this is THE alarm clock to go for. Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPhone, there is a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in any MP3 player or phone to listen to your music, just sadly it won’t charge it like it would an iPhone/iPod

This alarm clock is also available in 4 great colours. White, as pictured, as well as black, pink and navy blue. Choices are tough to make, but black and white are my favourites.

 – Gary  

5 Gift Ideas for Apple Lovers

It’s that time of year again, when Christmas presents are top of your agenda. But what do you get someone who has everything, or is just really difficult to buy for. Well if they love Apple, then they will love any of the gifts below. We’ve put them in order of price, just in case your love can’t stretch as far as an Apple Mac.

shuffleAt number one we have the Apple Shuffle, great for listening to music on the go. It’s a simple gadget that would bring a smile to anyone’s face at Christmas, or any other time really.

At £40 it’s not much to keep your annoying brother or sister quiet for a while.

 

apple-tvIf you know someone who loves watching TV, and you love them enough to spend £99 on them, then the Apple TV is ideal. With the Apple TV they will be able to rent HD movies, play YouTube, and even use iCloud to listen to music and watch photos.

 

Third on our list is the Apple iTouch. From just £169 you can give someone the gift of entertainment on the go. Not only will they be able to listen to music, but they can also download apps and play as many games as they like.

With this iTouch they will even be able to take stunning pictures of your special Christmas dinner together.

At number four we have the iPad 2. Now this is the ultimate entertainment centre, and comes with a price tag starting at £399.

I guess it depends on just how well behaved your loved one has been this year. With the iPad, they will able to use the internet, play games, read books, learn new things from thousands of apps, and take pictures, while they listen to music. This will keep them busy for many months to come.

Finally at number 5 we have the iPhone 4s. This has a starting price tag of £499, which will make many of you think ‘ouch’. This is the ultimate Christmas present you could give any Apple lover.

I’m sure every time they see this phone; they will definitely thank you for getting it for them.

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T-Mobile iPhone 3Gs Offer

Get your iPhone 3Gs now with T-Mobile

Get your iPhone 3Gs now with T-Mobile

If you love the iPhone, and would love to get your hands on the iPhone 3Gs, then T-Mobile is about to make you very happy.

T-Mobile has recently announced that it be dropping the price of their Apple iPhone 3GS from £25.54 a month, down to an incredible £15.32. This is a saving of £10.22 a month.

Do note that is important to check your mobile broadband coverage, before you purchase any handset, as there is nothing more annoying than buying a phone, only to find that the coverage is really flaky.

Check your mobile broadband coverage now.

To find out more about T-Mobile’s iPhone 3Gs deal click here.