The new Apple Pay system continues to grow in the U.S. More banks and stores support this iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile payment option and the latest news mentions Apple Pay White House support with the federal payment cards, which is too superb for all fans of the iOS products.
It is interesting how fast credit unions and banks jump on board and start working with Apple even though a lot of organizations at first were skeptical about such a system launch. The Cupertino-based giant introduced its new form of payment in the fall of 2014 along with iOS 8.1 update offered back in the end of October.
Some stores tried it and refused accepting this method of mobile payment at first. Later on, as iPhone 6 became highly popular in the U.S. and more customers started to use Apple Pay to checkout in stores, new banks and unions started to add to this system expanding the network of supported organizations with the speed of a hurricane.
Apple Pay federal payment cards support is a new step to further development. The White House officially stated that it supported this system on February 13, 2015. Customers who have Social Security benefits or veterans using a debit card can use it for paying with Apple Pay on iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6.
This deal works with both government cards and Direct Express payment network. It is working through GSA SmartPay.
A lot of users know about iPhone 6 SIM lock Vodafone problem that was present in different countries, including Germany. Finally, as local media confirm it, this carrier has removed the lock for all customers. Everything has changed automatically, meaning if you own the latest Apple smartphone that was tied to this European carrier you can breath a sign of relief and finally start using any SIM with your smartphone.
It is not a secret that a lot of customers dreamt about Vodafone Germany iPhone 6 unlock which was available to anyone who found out about factory IMEI unlock. Luckily, there is no need to pay for becoming permanently unlocked because the SIM lock must have been already removed for each user with the iDevice [only model 6] that was purchased from German Vodafone mobile company.
According to different sources, you can now connect to WLAN and insert any not-supported SIM [from any local carrier or foreign company] and get the signal. If your iDevice doesn’t see the SIM you might need to restart your device or connect to iTunes so that it checks with Apple servers and makes sure you have been unlocked automatically by the system.
All modern carriers in Germany sell unlocked iPhone 6 and Vodafone was the last local provider that had smartphones locked to its network.
The report on Apple iPhone sales in the USA and across the world should be unveiled this week, still experts believe that the company will say its iPhone sales in China win over sales in the United States for the first time in its history.
The Cupertino-based giant used to sell more gadgets in its home market, but the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus changed this since customers in China fell in love with the seventh generation iDevice. Besides, Apple has started an aggressive campaign in this Asian region and already opened a couple of new retail stores in China with more coming soon.
iPhone sales in the US being overtaken by Chinese sales are predicted by different analysts. They think that this happens because the iOS giant started to work in partnership with Chinese carrier China Mobile in 2014 and this deal opened the gate for a lot of new consumers. It is also believed that the bigger iPhone display attracted more potential buyers than it could have reached with the older smaller screens. People wish to own a bigger screen smartphone and they are eager to pay for it.
According to some predictions, the last quarter contains around 36 percent of sales in China and 24 percent of Apple iPhone sales in the USA. A year ago this situation was different with US making up 29 percent and China getting about 22 percent of total iOS cell phone sales.
The Chinese market is still dominated by local brands, such as Xiaomi and Lenovo, but Apple jumped into it with huge sales and set new records which should grow in the future since the company has plans to open 25 stores in China in 2015-2016.
A lot of companies are curious to learn Apple marketing strategy from the inside, however, the Cupertino-based giant keeps it in secret. Nothing unusual, as Apple market share in 2014 is tremendous, especially in the Asian markets. The new report shows that Apple sales in Asia set a record for the iOS company.
The seventh generation device brought Apple incredible results in the home of Samsung gadgets. Different sources mention that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus caused real iOS 8 mania in China and South Korea.
Can you imagine that Apple grabbed 33 percent of market share in South Korea where Samsung’s home turf if? Yes, such results were reached in November, 2014. This is over 18 percent plus to what Apple previously had in this country.
You can guess that Samsung dropped its market share in its home country and got 46 percent instead of 60 percent as it used to have before the official release of iPhone 6 models. As noted by experts, this is the first time in the history of mobile device industry in Korea when a foreign brand goes over 20 percent market share mark.
Apple managed to grab 51 percent of market share in Japan and 12 percent in China. These numbers are impressive as the company left behind Sony and might soon overrun Xiaomi and Lenovo.
Apple market share in 2014 happens only thanks to the highly demanded iPhone 6. The company is believed to improve such results in 2015.
Will Apple really release a bendable iPhone? It is quite possible since the company was granted special Apple bendable phone patent which allows the Cupertino-based giant developing and producing a flexible smartphone. Will it truly twist or bend? There is no answer to this question but the iOS 8 firwmare creator seems to be at least one step ahead of all other huge cell phone makers.
iPhone bending issue first unveiled after the seventh-gen model official launch. Some iPhone 6 users complained on iPhone bendable problem since the gadget wasn’t supposed to bend in the first place.
Apple got a patent for manufacturing a device that could easily twist and bend by purpose and not accidentally as it happened to some iPhone 6 smartphones.
We might never see iPhone bendable though because the company originally filed this patent in 2011 [Apple got patents for flexible displays in 2013, 2014 and now 2015]. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted it and this means that the California-based corporation is allowed to manufacture devices that have a flexible housing, display and / or other internal components.
Different companies file patents, but this doesn’t mean they are planning to release such products in the future. Some of the competitors do this to prevent others from licensing particular options, inventions and features.
According to the patent, the gadget might respond to command trigger being turned on and bend / deform ‘while absorbing the impact from a fall.’
Normally iPhones shouldn’t bend, but a small number of consumers had such a problem with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. What do you think about the possibility of getting a flexible iOS smartphone sometime in the future?
We noticed iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 back in stock in Apple Store in the U.S. The company finally has enough smartphones to ship in only 1 business day. This is the first time from the official seventh-gen models public release when the Cupertino-based giant is eager to ship the purchase so soon.
The news about iPhone 6 in stock in USA is great for anyone who hasn’t yet purchased the gadget in 2014 and is eager to get it in 2015. All variants are currently in stock and the high demand for the cell phones is finally caught up by the ‘fruit’ company.
Some customers are eager to pay more at once, while others are ok with getting a cheaper gadget and later paying some price for getting rid of carrier’s restrictions and being able to switch between networks with ease.
Apple had hard times when high demand for its new smartphone was outstripping supplies. It has finally improved the situation in the market and all customers who want to own this device can use their chance now.
Apple sells two unlocked smartphones: SIM-free iPhone 6 and T-Mobile gadget in its online store in the United States. What is the difference between these two models? Are they similar or identical? Some customers wish to get the answers, so we are here to explain to you what the difference between SIM free and unlocked iPhone 6 / 6 Plus from its T-Mobile version is.
This is the only carrier that offered both iPhone 6 Plus and 6 to be used with some mobile companies around the world. Both iPhone 6 SIM-free vs. T Mobile are sold at $649 for the 16GB 6 model and $749 for the same space capacity iPhone 6 Plus. So is there a big deal or not?
You might think that SIM free unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus / 6 is the same as T-Mobile smartphone, but you are wrong. These two models are different.
According to Apple, T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus is available as model A1522 while the same unlocked iPhone 6 Plus comes as A1524; and T-Mobile iPhone 6 comes as A1549 while unlocked model is named A1586.
While both versions support the same frequencies there is a big difference between them. Unlocked and T-Mobile gadgets come with support for different bands: TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE. The SIM-free models support more mobile companies across the world than the T-Mobile iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
For example, Apple unlocked iPhone 6 will work on China Mobile, Unicom and Telecom networks and T-Mobile iPhone 6 won’t support these carriers. The list of supported mobile operators can be found on the Cupertino-based site or at retail stores. If you are planning to travel abroad and wish to connect through local SIMs you better purchase the unlocked smartphone instead of T-Mobile version [even though this cell phone also supports a huge number of both local U.S. carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, and worldwide networks such a Bell, Rogers, MTS, Telus, Telcel, Movistar and others].
At current time you can purchase unlocked iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 in the U.S. It means that you can get a device that’s unlocked but includes a T-Mobile SIM card in the package.
According to new reports Apple company will broaden the unlocked variants to choose from a bit, and you will get a chance to purchase SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units on Tuesday, January 6.
The internet resources stated that new iPhone buyers will be able to pick up the SIM-free devices both from Apple’s physical retail stores, and Apple Online.
At current time Apple sells its new unlocked iPhone models in the US configured for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, the one that is unlocked and can be used on supported carriers around the world. A SIM-free option means that customers can choose their own carrier, without having to worry about incompatibilities or restrictions, plus use the handset overseas with a different SIM card.
As it was mention above you can buy unlocked iPhone you will get T-Mobile SIM in the box or purchase a device with a carrier contract bundled with the device.
This Apple move means that those users who don’t want to use a T-Mobile SIM, or even will throw one away after they open the box, will not have to. The reports do not indicate that there is any difference between these SIM-free unlocked variants, and the one that’s at present time available from Apple.
Depending on screen size and choice of storage space the pricing will start at $649 and going all the way up to $949. So if you want to purchase unlocked iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 visit retail store or use online service.
Apple Christmas sale 2014 seems to be pretty cool, at least, one latest report published online states that over half of new smartphones and tablets that were activated in the end of December belonged to the iOS giant.
The huge iPhone activation Christmas percent [to be exact, it is 51.3] means that most customers got iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for holidays. These numbers are not only from across the U.S. They are from around the world.
The report is based on data that was obtained from over 600,000 applications tracked by one company. It focuses on the dates between December 19 and 25, 2014. Apple got the first place with over 50 percent. Samsung comes second with around 18 percent of worldwide mobile device activations and Nokia places third with around 6 percent. There are three mobile giants that got nearly one percent in total, they are Huawei, HTC and Xiaomi [all these firms are popular in Asia].
Both iOS 8 iPhone 6 models are real blockbusters in 2014. A lot of consumers might find them under their Christmas tree on New Year. We’ll see what analysts are to note in the beginning of 2015. For now, as it is mentioned in the survey, the number of iOS applications and other program installs at least doubled on Christmas Day if compared with early December.
How far can a company go in its competition against another firm? iPhone 6 vs. Blackberry Passport fight is going on and Blackberry continues to offer iDevice users an opportunity to switch to the 4.5-inch square screen gadget using the $600 discount deal. It also promises to release Blackberry Siri alternative. Thus if you happen to wish to use the deal, why not learning more about it?
Blackberry – Apple competition is nothing new. Both companies wish to attract more customers and fight for each consumer. Some users choose the round-angled ‘fruit’ smartphone and others like the square display more.
The price on Blackberry Passport is $599 in the USA and £529 in the UK [iPhone 6 discounts available in the U.S. make it pretty affordable right now even though the ordinary price was around $600]. But if you agree to switch from ‘fruit’ to ‘square’ you can get up to $400 back for the iOS cell phone and up to $200 off your new Blackberry. The deal is worth $600.
All you have to do is upgrade to the Passport model, but before you do so, you are advised to contact your local Blackberry stores to make sure the deal is still available and ask them to confirm the eligibility requirements for such an update.
Everything depends on the value of the used iDevice and new Blackberry. You do understand that your smartphone has to be in good working condition.
What do you think about the deal? Would you ever trade-in your ‘fruit’ gadget for the square screen device only because of the possible discount?